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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Madeley Heath

Firefighters have rescued two people and a dog from a house fire in Madeley Heath last night. Five crews from Newcastle, Ashley, Hanley and Stone attended the fire at the detached property on Wharf Terrace at 11.20pm last night.

"The firefighters had a difficult scenario to deal with as they had the fire on ground floor to extinguish and the rescue operation on first floor, so it was imperative we acted quickly."

Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using two hose reel jets and also rescued two adults from the first floor and a dog from the ground floor of the property. One cat has unfortunately died as a result of the fire and one cat is still missing.

The two occupants, one male and one female, were taken to hospital by ambulance and the dog received veterinary attention from a vet who was called to the scene.

The fire, which started in the kitchen, has destroyed the kitchen and burnt through the ceiling, charring the joists and causing severe smoke damage throughout the property.

Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle said: "The property did have working smoke alarms however on arrival we were informed that two people were still inside the property.

"The firefighters had a difficult scenario to deal with as they had the fire on ground floor to extinguish and the rescue operation on first floor, so it was imperative we acted quickly.

"The first floor was heavily smoke logged, making it difficult to locate the casualties, however we have thermal imaging cameras to assist us with locating people and this also allowed us to double-check no one else was in the property."

No cause for the fire has been determined yet and a joint crime and fire investigation is currently underway. The incident was closed at 7.40am this morning and fire investigation and crime officers returned to the scene at 8.30am today.