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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in Talke Pits

Smoke alarms have potentially saved the life of a woman after a fire broke out in her kitchen as she slept.

"It’s safe to say that had this lady not had working smoke alarms she is likely to have been trapped in the house or worse."

Station Manager, Carl Mason

Two crews from Kidsgrove were called to the incident on Monument Road, Talke Pits at 1.15am this morning.

The property has been left smoke logged and the kitchen has been severely damaged - the lady will have to be re-housed as a result of the incident.  The fire was accidentally started by an electrical fault in the fridge freezer. The occupier managed to get out of the property and call the Fire Service thanks to her smoke alarms operating and alerting her.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: “It’s safe to say that had this lady not had working smoke alarms she is likely to have been trapped in the house or worse. She was in bed asleep and because the cause of the fire was an electrical fault, it was unpredictable - without her smoke alarms she would have been none the wiser until it was too late.

“This incident highlights how important it is to have working smoke alarms – you must check them every week to ensure they work properly and if anyone needs any help with smoke alarms, or doesn’t have any fitted, then please call 0800 0241 999 and we will come out to you and assist.”

The incident was closed at 3am.