A man in his 70s is lucky to be alive following a severe fire in his home where no smoke alarms were fitted Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have said.
"People need to ask themselves what if it happened to their parents or grandparents and they could have stopped it, how would they feel?"
Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj
Firefighters were called to a cottage in the hamlet of Milldale in the Staffordshire Moorlands at 1.40am this morning after the elderly occupant had gotten up in the middle of the night and smelt burning.
The man searched for the source of the burning smell and discovered a fire in his electrics box then evacuated the property to call the fire service. Crews from Ipstones, Longnor and Ashbourne attended however the fire had developed by then and the property became consumed by flames.
A total of 17 firefighters battled the blaze using three main jets whilst the occupant was checked over at the scene by paramedics. Crews left the scene at 5.05am.
Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "The fire took hold extremely quickly and has destroyed the property. The man was incredibly lucky to get out unharmed and it was pure luck that he happened to get up and smell the burning.
"There were no smoke alarms fitted at the property so if this man hadn’t woken we’d have almost certainly been dealing with a fatality. We cannot stress enough how essential it is for everyone to have working smoke alarms."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched their Older Person’s Campaign in October to raise awareness of fire safety amongst older people and those who care for them.
Glynn added: "With older people, we feel it is that person’s friends and family who need to be checking they’re safe from fire as they are our most vulnerable and at risk age group.
"People need to ask themselves what if it happened to their parents or grandparents and they could have stopped it, how would they feel? The solution couldn’t be easier, just call us on 0800 0241 999 to book and free Home Fire Risk Check and we will ensure your loved ones are as safe from fire hazards as possible."
Firefighters will be delivering “After the Fire” postcards which inform people of a fire in their area and give them details of how to book a free Home Fire Risk Check. They will be visiting the hamlet of Milldale and the surrounding areas, including Alstonefield, Hope Marsh and Hopedale.