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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Man Passes Away Following Fire

An elderly male who suffered burns, after accidentally setting fire to himself with a cigarette, has passed away.

"We are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of fire to the most vulnerable in our communities."

Assistant Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent, Glynn Luznyj

Firefighters attended the incident on Hough Hill, Brown Edge, Staffordshire Moorlands at approximately 6.30am on Friday morning. The 83 year old man was smoking in his kitchen when he accidentally dropped the cigarette onto his pyjamas, which then caught alight. He was transported to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire where he later died on Saturday after suffering approximately 70% burns.

Assistant Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent, Glynn Luznyj said: "This is a very tragic accident and unfortunately our fifth fire death this year involving an elderly person. We are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of fire to the most vulnerable in our communities. We’d actually visited this gentleman and provided him with the necessary fire protection, however as this incident has highlighted cigarettes can very quickly catch alight to clothing and bedding, with tragic consequences. Nationally one person dies every three days from a fire started by smoking materials - a fatal fire we had in Wolstanton earlier in the year was started in this same way.

"There are still more vulnerable people out there whose lives could be saved by the protection we offer and we’d urge the family members and carers of these people to contact us to arrange a free Home Fire Risk Check."

Firefighters will be in the Brown Edge area throughout the week, making people aware of the free Home Fire Risk Check they offer.

A Home Fire Risk Check involves firefighters or a service technician visiting your home to give fire safety advice and fitting equipment such as smoke alarms to ensure you are safer in your home. The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and on ringing you will be able to arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All firefighters and service technicians carry an I.D card and travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.