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Smoke Alarm Saves Family

A family of four were able to safely evacuate their Norton home this morning after a smoke alarm alerted them to a fire in the bedroom.

"This incident serves as a reminder of how important it is to have working smoke alarms."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Stan Cooper

A mother and her three children, an 11 year old girl and 18 month old twins, were waiting for crews outside the Mallorie Road home just after 9.45am this morning, after an electric heater had accidentally set a bed on fire.

Two crews from Burslem attended the incident and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Stan Cooper said: "The fire started accidentally after an electric heater was left too close to bedding. The duvet and mattress caught fire which also caused fire and heat damage to the surrounding floor and wall area.

"The fire has left the whole house smoke logged meaning the occupants will be unable to return immediately, however the most important thing is that the mother and her children are safe as their smoke detector alerted them to the fire.

"This incident serves as a reminder of how important it is to have working smoke alarms. It also carried a safety message to anyone using portable heaters – make sure you do not leave any combustible materials nearby. It doesn’t take long for a fire to start this way and had the smoke detectors not alerted the occupiers so quickly, we could have been looking at a more serious fire."

The fire was out by 10.15am