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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

300 People Evacuated Following Roof Fire

Crews from Abbots Bromley, Barton-under-Needwood and Burton were called to Hoar Cross Health Spa on Maker Lane in Hoar Cross at 4.30pm yesterday following reports of a fire in the roof.

"We would not encourage anyone to tackle a fire on their own, they should wait for the Fire Service to arrive."

Station Manager, Paul Richins

Contractors who had been carrying out maintenance work using hot equipment earlier in the afternoon had left the property, however part of the roof accidentally caught fire and activated the smoke alarms.

Security staff at Hoar Cross Health Spa went to investigate and discovered a small fire in the roof. Maintenance staff called 999 but then managed to extinguish the fire themselves to stop it from spreading.

Approximately 300 people were evacuated to elsewhere in the grounds by Hoar Cross Health Spa staff as a precaution and were then escorted to a safe area by firefighters.

On arrival, the crews used the aerial ladder platform from Burton and thermal imaging cameras to check the rest of the roof for hotspots. Station Manager, Paul Richins said: "We cut away a section of the roof to allow us to check that the fire was fully out and that there were no remaining hotspots.

"In this instance, the quick-thinking and actions of the staff at Hoar Cross Health Spa meant that only minor damage occurred to the roof and the fire did not have time to spread, however we would not encourage anyone to tackle a fire on their own, they should wait for the Fire Service to arrive."

The incident was closed at 6.45pm.