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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Severe House Fire in Stapenhill

17/01/2011

A total of eight crews were needed to fight a severe house fire at a detached property on Knights Place in Stapenhill over the weekend.

"Firefighters tackled the blaze externally and one crew remained at the scene throughout the night and subsequent inspections were carried out throughout Sunday."

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Paul Cullen

Crews from Burton, Barton-under-Needwood, Rugeley, Abbots Bromley, Uttoxeter and Swadlincote attended the incident on Saturday night from 9.40pm and spent over four hours tackling the severe blaze. Specialist appliances were also required from Burton, Swadlincote, Cannock, Stone and Hanley including aerial ladder platforms, water carriers and the control unit.

Firefighters tackled the fire using three main jets whilst two aerial ladder platforms were used to tackle the fire from above. East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Paul Cullen said: "On arrival the fire had spread to the roof space of the property which meant that we could not commit firefighters to entering the building due to fears over structural collapse. 

"Firefighters tackled the blaze externally and one crew remained at the scene throughout the night and subsequent inspections were carried out throughout Sunday. The owner of the property was not in the house when the fire started and the fire did not affect any surrounding properties.

"A fire investigation has concluded that the fire started accidentally in a first floor airing cupboard. The fire quickly spread to the roof space and has caused extensive damage to both the first and ground floors of the property."

The incident was closed at 8.35pm last night.