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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Woman and Dog Rescued From House Fire

Crews from Cannock and Rugeley were called to a house fire on Belt Road, Hightown in Hednesford at 7.40pm last night.

"Anyone who doesn’t have any smoke alarms fitted or working should call us for a free home fire risk check and we will make sure you have working smoke alarms."

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire which was believed to have been started deliberately in a store cupboard on the first floor landing and spread to a bedroom.

A 46 year old woman and a dog were rescued from the property and the other people who had been in the property were safely escorted outside. The woman received oxygen therapy at the scene and was then taken to Stafford Hospital for further treatment.

The fire has left the landing severely damaged and caused heat damage to the bedroom and heavy smoke damage to the rest of the first floor. The property did not have any smoke alarms fitted.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: "An initial fire investigation suggests that the fire was started deliberately.  This is now a police investigation however we would like to highlight that this property had no smoke alarms fitted.

"Anyone who doesn’t have any smoke alarms fitted or working should call us for a free home fire risk check and we will make sure you have working smoke alarms."

Staffordshire Police are appealing for any witnesses to ring them on 0300 123 44 55 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.