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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Teenager Has Lucky Escape from Bedroom Fire

24/12/2010

A teenager has had a lucky escape after an electric blanket which had been left on overnight set fire to her bed in the early hours of this morning.

"You should never leave electric blankets on overnight and they should always be tested each year before use."

Station Manager, Rob Barber

Crews from Hanley and Longton were called to a property on Ovaldene Way in Trentham after a teenage girl had woken up just before 4.00am struggling to breathe properly. She realised her electric blanket had set her bed on fire and alerted her mother who was in another room.

The two women quickly exited the bedroom, shutting the door behind them and called the fire service. Station Manager, Rob Barber said: "The girl is incredibly lucky that the whole room didn’t go up in flames. She had a memory foam mattress which appeared to melt from the fire as opposed to igniting fully - if it’d have been a standard mattress we’d have been dealing with a much more serious incident.

"The incident occurred because was she was using an electric blanket and had fallen asleep with it plugged in and turned on. You should never leave electric blankets on overnight and they should always be tested each year before use, something the fire service offers free of charge yearly.

"The property did have working smoke alarms and the family did the right thing by closing the door, as this contained the smoke to the bedroom. We used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and thankfully the damage was minimal and the two women were uninjured."

Crews left the scene at 4.40am.