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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Family Pet Saves Family from Fire

A dog has saved its family from a fire after an electrically operated tin opener caught fire in the kitchen.

"The fire had started accidentally however we would like to remind people to ensure they turn off appliances at the plug when they are not in use to help prevent such accidents from occurring."

Station Manager, Ian Read

The six year old Lhasa Apso, Tasha, began to bark at about 1.15am this morning inside the property on Lincoln Road in Kidsgrove. Her barks alerted the occupants, including owner Nicola Hargreaves and her partner Dennis Evans, who were all asleep.

A crew from Kidsgrove were called to the incident however the male occupant had put the fire out himself using a bucket of water before firefighters arrived at the scene. All four occupants, two adults and two teenagers, were accounted for and were uninjured.

Station Manager, Ian Read said: "The fire has damaged the kitchen quite badly and left the whole of the ground floor smoke damaged.

"The occupants were all asleep when the fire broke out but were alerted to it by their pet dog barking. The occupant had put the fire out himself when we arrived on scene however this is not something we would ever advise doing as you could be endangering yourself further.

"The fire had started accidentally however we would like to remind people to ensure they turn off appliances at the plug when they are not in use to help prevent such accidents from occurring."

The incident was closed at 2.40am.