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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man Rescued from House Fire in Blurton

29/11/2010

Firefighters have issued a warning about re-entering properties when there is a fire following a house fire in Blurton yesterday.

"No one should ever go back into a property when there is a fire, no matter what the reasons for wanting to are."

Station Manager, Ian Broadhead

Crews from Longton, Hanley and Newcastle were called to Dennington Crescent at 4.40pm yesterday after an unattended pan caught fire in the kitchen. The male occupant woke up to a house full of smoke and evacuated the premises. He went to his neighbour’s house for help, who called the fire service.

On arrival, crews discovered the man had gone back into his house and had not been seen since. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and discovered the man unconscious on the landing. They rescued him and took him outside where he was given oxygen therapy before paramedics took over.

Station Manager, Ian Broadhead said: "This man is extremely lucky to be alive. He should not have gone back into the property; no one should ever go back into a property when there is a fire, no matter what the reasons for wanting to are.

"In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call us to deal with it. The house was considerably smoke logged when firefighters entered and found the man collapsed upstairs. This could have been a much more serious incident and we urge people to put their own safety first and never go back into a house on fire."

Firefighters extinguished the fire and ventilated the property before leaving the incident at 5.40pm. The male occupant did not require hospital treatment.