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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Hartshill

Firefighters from Hanley, Longton and Newcastle have tackled a house fire in Hartshill.

 “The occupants were extremely lucky as they did not have smoke alarms fitted in the property."

he call was received at 9.16am reporting a fire at a terraced house on Stoke Old Road in Hartshill. The fire involved the rear extension of the property and the roof space. 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using one hose reel jet and paramedics treated a male and female from the property for smoke inhalation. Crews also forced entry into the property next door, due to it being heavily smoke logged. They searched for potential occupiers but no-one was in at the time.

Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle, Mick Daniels said: “The occupants were extremely lucky as they did not have smoke alarms fitted in the property. They were alerted by the smell of smoke. If this incident had happened during the night, whilst the occupants were sleeping, it could have been far more serious.

“They had been burning rubbish in a metal bin in the back yard the previous night. Unfortunately the fire hadn’t been completely put out, so it smouldered and reignited.  The heat spread to a plastic wheelie bin which was close by and also positioned next to the house. The fire then spread to the extension and up to the rood space.”

“Firefighters have visited neighbouring properties handing out after the fire postcards which raise awareness of the free home fire risk check service we offer, which includes the fitting of free smoke alarms.  Although the occupants don’t own the house the free service still applies and we’d remind landlords that they have a requirement to ensure smoke alarms are fitted in properties that they rent out.”

“We would also urge anybody who is burning rubbish to ensure it is situated away from a house, garage or shed that could potentially catch alight should the fire become out of control.”

The fire caused damage to the roof of the rear extension of the property and caused light smoke damage to the neighbouring property.