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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Three Accidental Fires in Six Days

18/01/2011

Crews from Newcastle have attended three accidental property fires in less than a week, including a chip pan fire which hospitalised a Keele University student.

"To have three accidental fires in the area in less than a week is worrying, especially as all three of them could have been prevented."

Station Manager, Andy Kinsman

On January 12th, crews were called to Ronaldsway Drive in Cross Heath to attend to a small fire caused by a towel being left too close to the hob.

The following day, crews were called to Keele University where a chip pan had caught fire. A 19 year old male student sustained some burns from the hot oil and was taken to hospital.

At the weekend, a third incident took place on Saturday 15th January on Bridge Road in Trent Vale where a TV had set alight after the occupier had left lit tea lights on top of the set which eventually set fire to the TV.

The property did have a smoke alarm fitted on the ground floor however it had been disconnected and the occupier was only alerted to the fire from the smell.

Station Manager, Andy Kinsman said: "To have three accidental fires in the area in less than a week is worrying, especially as all three of them could have been prevented.

"We would urge anyone who hasn’t had their free Home Fire Risk Check to book it now, as we can offer advice on kitchen safety, using candles and also check your property is suitably protected with smoke detectors.

"It only takes half an hour of your time and helps to keep you and your family safe from fires in the home."