Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging members of the public to ensure they have operating smokes alarms following a house fire in Stapenhill.
Crews were called to the mid-terraced property on Sycamore Road, Burton at just after 5pm yesterday afternoon. Two crews from Burton attended the incident which involved a fire in the kitchen.
Upon arrival firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, forced their way into the property to check nobody was inside. Crews then extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet and ventilated the property which was smoke logged throughout.
"We would urge people to ensure they have smoke alarms fitted - they provide those extra crucial minutes to get out of a property safely in the event of a fire."
Station Manager, Toby Wilson
Station Manager, Toby Wilson commented: "The occupant of the property was out at the time of this incident, however operating smoke alarms alerted neighbours to the fire. We would urge people to ensure they have smoke alarms fitted - they provide those extra crucial minutes to get out of a property safely in the event of a fire.
"The fire was confined to the kitchen area but there was considerable smoke damage to the rest of the property due to the internal doors being left ajar. We would also advise people to where possible, close doors behind them as they are exiting the property - this prevents the smoke from travelling throughout the property and causing damage should a fire occur."
The fire is believed to have been started accidentally due to the cooker ring being switched on accidentally prior to the occupant leaving the house. The occupier was temporarily rehoused by Trent and Dove Housing who also made the house secure.
The incident closed at approximately 7pm.
Crews from Burton and one appliance from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended another incident at 5.15pm on Salisbury Avenue in Winshill.
The incident involved another cooking fire which is believed to have been caused accidentally due to an occupant accidentally switching on a cooker hob.
This incident closed at 5.40pm.