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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Rescue Mother and Son from Burning House

Firefighters from Burslem and Hanley have rescued a 28 year old woman and her seven year old son from a fire in their Chell Heath home.

"The important message here is once again not to leave cooking unattended. If the smoke alarm had not activated or the neighbour had not heard it, we could have been dealing with a much more serious incident."

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj

A neighbour heard a smoke alarm activating at approximately 3.54am this morning and went to investigate. The neighbour saw smoke and called the fire service who were at the scene within five minutes.

Firefighters had to force entry on arrival and found the woman unconscious downstairs with the conscious seven year old. Both were rescued from the property and taken outside where the woman regained consciousness following oxygen therapy.

Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj said: "The fire started after a chip pan had been left unattended in the kitchen. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which has left the kitchen heat and smoke damaged.

"Thankfully the property had working smoke alarms which alerted the neighbour quickly meaning we were able to rescue the two people and put the fire out before it escalated further.

"The important message here is once again not to leave cooking unattended. If the smoke alarm had not activated or the neighbour had not heard it, we could have been dealing with a much more serious incident."

The woman and child were both taken to North Staffordshire hospital and firefighters left the scene at 5.20am.