Fire and rescue crews from Hanley were called to a house fire at approximately 8pm yesterday evening on Scott Lidgett Road in Burslem.
“The occupants were extremely lucky to get out of the property unhurt as there were no smoke alarms fitted."
The incident was at a mid terraced property that had been divided into two flats. The fire was in the kitchen of the first floor flat. The fire had accidentally started due to a wok that had been left unattended on an electric hob with some oil in which had over heated and caught fire.
Two occupiers evacuated the property prior to the arrival if the fire and rescue service. The kitchen was heavily smoke logged and so firefighters wearing breathing apparatus ventilated the property and used one hose reel jet to put out the fire.
Station Manager Ian Broadhead said: “The occupants were extremely lucky to get out of the property unhurt as there were no smoke alarms fitted. We cannot stress enough the importance of having smoke alarms. The incident could have been far more serious. For a free home fire risk check please contact 0800 0241 999.”
Firefighters fitted two smoke alarms before leaving the property. The kitchen has been left badly damaged by smoke. Firefighters left the incident at 8.46pm.