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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Cooker Fire in Lichfield

21/01/2011

An elderly woman has been treated for smoke inhalation following a small fire in her home on Lower Sandford Street in Lichfield last night.

"We would like to remind anyone who does smoke in their home to ensure smoking materials are discarded of appropriately."

Group Manager, Mark Williams

Crews from Lichfield and Chase Terrace received a call at 10.35pm and found that carelessly discarded smoking materials had set other household rubbish on fire.

Group Manager, Mark Williams said: "On arrival, we found that the occupant had attempted to tackle the fire herself but was suffering from the effects smoke inhalation. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to ventilate and the woman received oxygen therapy for smoke inhalation.

"The fire started after the lady had discarded her cigarette amongst other household waste. She then went to bed but soon heard her smoke alarm activating and discovered the fire in the kitchen.

"We would like to remind anyone who does smoke in their home to ensure smoking materials are discarded of appropriately and are not put near to or inside anything where other items can catch fire. You might think it is out but it could still ignite combustible materials."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also reminds people never to tackle fires themselves – Get out and stay out.

The woman did not require hospital treatment and the incident was closed at 11.30pm.