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House Fire in Tamworth

Just one day before Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s ‘Push the Button’ day, fire and rescue crews from Tamworth have attended a house fire where the smoke alarm was not working.

"We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms and testing that it works on a weekly basis."

Assistant Area Commander for Tamworth, Mark Walchester

The call was received at around 3.30pm this afternoon reporting a fire at a property on Houting Road in Dosthill. The fire started in a fuse box that was situated downstairs in the property.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. The occupant was in the shower when the fire started but fortunately was alerted by the smell of smoke.

Assistant Area Commander for Tamworth, Mark Walchester said: "Thursday is our ‘Push the Button’ day when we’re urging people to test their smoke alarms. The campaign is being driven by the fact that although nine out of ten households have smoke alarms a shocking seven out of ten don’t test them.

"The occupant of the property was very lucky to be alerted to the fire. If this incident had happened during the night the situation could have been far more serious. We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms and testing that it works on a weekly basis."

The fire caused smoke damage to the stairway and the upstairs rooms. Firefighters left the scene at 4.38pm.

To raise awareness of ‘Push the Button’ day the Service has recorded their own version of the Sugababes, number one hit single ‘Push the Button.’ The new version by the ‘Sugaflames’ has an accompanying music video in which firefighters from Tamworth star. The video which has already had over 2000 hits can be viewed on the Service’s website at: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or on You Tube.

Tamworth Firefighters will be promoting the campaign in Tamworth town centre tomorrow and at The Ankerside Shopping Centre on Friday.