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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service Join Support for Bentilee Family

20/12/2010

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel will continue to have a visible presence in the local Bentilee community in support of a family who were victims of a house fire last week.

"We want to show our support for this family and also hopefully prevent any further festive tragedies by ensuring everyone is safe from fire this Christmas."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Crews from Longton, Hanley and Newcastle were called to the property on Housefield Road, Bentilee at 9.30am on Friday morning and spent an hour tackling a blaze which began in the bedroom.

Two adults suffered severe burns in the fire and a three year old girl also suffered minor burns. All three currently remain in hospital however thanks to three brave neighbours and working smoke alarms, three other children managed to get out of the house unharmed.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "Three men entered the property several times in order to lead the children, the man and also the family pet dogs to safety. Although we don’t encourage people to enter burning buildings, the men’s actions almost certainly saved the lives of these people.

"The smoke alarms operated and alerted the children who were not in the bedroom at the time of the fire to the incident. This incident highlights the importance of smoke alarms – without them the other children would not have been aware of the fire until it had developed further and they could have then ended up trapped.

Service personnel will be in the area over the next few days to offer residents free Home Fire Risk Checks. Mick said: "We want to show our support for this family and also hopefully prevent any further festive tragedies by ensuring everyone is safe from fire this Christmas."

Firefighters have also have been in the Bentilee area since the incident posting fire safety information and offering free Home Fire Risk Checks – 13 of which were carried out in Housefield Road over the weekend.

Mick continued: "After any fire we ensure we have a presence in the local area which has been affected by the incident. We want to make sure everyone has fire safety advice and has working smoke alarms so that if they do have a fire, they are alerted to it as soon as possible and have chance to get out of the house. We’d urge people who haven’t yet taken us up on the offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check to do so now, it could just save your life or your families."