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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Fenton

Crews from Longton and Hanley were called to Swithin Drive, Fenpark in Fenton today at 10.15am where an airing cupboard was severely on fire.

"We would recommend people have their heating systems checked periodically by qualified engineers."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andy Leedham

Four appliances, including the aerial ladder platform from Longton were required to attend, as there were fears the fire could spread to the roof when smoke began to come from underneath the roof tiles. 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to bring the fire under control. The airing cupboard was located within the bedroom and the space was also being used to store items in plastic boxes, meaning there was additional smoke coming from the burning plastic.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control before it could spread to the roof space, however the entire first floor of the property was heavily smoke logged and smoke had also spread into neighbouring properties. The bedroom has suffered from some fire damage and the cupboard has been completely destroyed.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Andy Leedham said: "The fire appears to have been caused by a fault in the immersion heater which was inside the airing cupboard. The fire has caused some considerable smoke damage and the heat caused some of the pipe work around the heater to burst so flooding has also occurred.

"We carried out a salvage operation which involved quickly moving the occupier’s possessions away from the affected area before they became damaged by the water. We also placed protective sheets on the floor to minimise damage.

"We would recommend people have their heating systems checked periodically by qualified engineers."

The property did have a working smoke alarm fitted and crews left the scene at 12.00pm.