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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Burton

Crews from Burton and Tutbury were called to house fire on Wellington Street in Burton at 1.43am on Sunday morning.

"We would urge anyone who is smoking in the home to ensure they discard cigarettes safely and fully and to keep ashtrays away from materials which can easily catch fire, such as sofas or curtains."

Station Manager, Mick Jahn

The fire, which started in the living room, was spotted by neighbours returning from an evening out and they immediately alerted the fire service and banged on the doors to raise the sleeping occupiers.

Both occupiers, one male and one female, managed to escape from the property safely while six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze.

The male and female both required oxygen therapy at the scene and the fire has left the living room severely damaged and the rest of the property heavily smoked logged.

Station Manager, Mick Jahn said: "The occupiers were very lucky that their neighbours spotted the fire when they did, they potentially saved their lives.

"Following a fire investigation, it has been concluded that the fire was accidental and the most likely cause was a discarded cigarette.

"We would urge anyone who is smoking in the home to ensure they discard cigarettes safely and fully and to keep ashtrays away from materials which can easily catch fire, such as sofas or curtains."
 
The incident was closed at 4.35am.