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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Woman Has Lucky Escape

A woman from Tamworth has had a lucky escape from a fire at her home this afternoon.

“We’d urge people to take extra care when walking around with cigarettes, as this incident has highlighted it’s very easy for the ends of cigarettes or ashes to drop."

Three crews from Tamworth and Lichfield were sent to the house fire on Trefoil, Amington, Tamworth at 1.21pm this afternoon. The incident involved a bedroom on fire and crews wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet.

Assistant Area Commander for Tamworth, Ian Read said: “The female occupier had gone into her bedroom and unbeknown to her the end of her cigarette has dropped onto the bed. She has then left the bedroom, during which time the bed has ignited. The smoke alarms have alerted her to the fire and she has gone back into the bedroom to investigate. On discovering the fire she has walked across the bedroom to get a better reception on her mobile, by the window. In this short period of time the fire has rapidly developed and the amount of smoke has increased and so the lady has had to physically feel her way out of the bedroom. She’s very lucky that she found her way out and didn’t end up trapped.

“We’d urge people to take extra care when walking around with cigarettes, as this incident has highlighted it’s very easy for the ends of cigarettes or ashes to drop. We’d also remind people that if they discover a fire they should never attempt to tackle it – instead they should immediately get out, closing doors behind them, stay out and ring 999.”

As a result of the fire the bedroom has been gutted and there is severe damage to the landing and smoke logging to all of the upstairs. Firefighters left the incident at approximately 3.20pm this afternoon.