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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fatal Fire in Chesterton

07/01/2011

Two crews from Newcastle were called to a flat fire on Cross Street in Chesterton at 8.15pm last night.

"This incident highlights the importance of looking out for others, even if you don’t know them personally and also the effectiveness of smoke alarms."

Station Manager, Ian Housley

On arrival, firefighters found a property heavily smoke logged and entered the premises wearing breathing apparatus. The crews used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which started in the bedroom, and a 45 year old woman was discovered in the lounge. The woman was unfortunately pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Station Manager, Ian Housley said: "A passer-by noticed the door to the flat was ajar and could hear an alarm operating and so alerted the emergency services. The flat had working smoke alarms which meant neighbours were alerted and safely evacuated.

"This incident highlights the importance of looking out for others, even if you don’t know them personally and also the effectiveness of smoke alarms."

A joint investigation between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police has now commenced into the cause of the fire, although it is not believed to be suspicious.