Firefighters from Tamworth and Warwickshire were called to a house fire this morning on Florendine Street, Amington in Tamworth.
"The incident highlights the potential dangers of using portable gas equipment, especially where a build up of gas occurs in a confined and limited ventilated area."
Tamworth Area Commander, Del Roberts
The call was received at 11.20am and crews arrived on scene to find an 83 year old man suffering from smoke inhalation.
The man was treated by firefighters until paramedics arrived. Crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet.
Tamworth Area Commander, Del Roberts said: "The fire was contained to the laundry room and has quite severely damage this room, as well as causing some smoke logging to the kitchen. The fire was started accidentally by the ignition of a portable gas burner.
"The occupant and a neighbour were undertaking some plumbing work and a small quantity of gas escaped whilst attempting to ignite a gas burner. On ignition the build up of gas within the room also ignited and subsequently set fire to nearby combustible materials. The occupant was transported to the Good Hope Hospital by land ambulance.
"The incident highlights the potential dangers of using portable gas equipment, especially where a build up of gas occurs in a confined and limited ventilated area. Once a source of ignition is introduced the gas will ignite with the potential to cause serious damage and injury."
Whilst in the property, crews tested the nearby smoke alarm and found it was not working, new smoke alarms have now been fitted: "We would also like to reiterate the importance of testing smoke alarms weekly," said Del, "in this incident the occupier was present where the fire began however this is not always the case."
The incident was closed at 12.55pm.