Fire and rescue crews in East Staffordshire are warning people to be extra vigilant following a spate of accidental dwelling fires they have attended in the month of January.
“We would like to remind everyone to ensure electrical or cooking appliances are not left on and unattended and to switch them off when they are not in use. All portable electrical items should be used and stored in safe places.”
Firefighters from Tutbury and Burton received a call reporting a house fire on Beacon Drive, Rolleston on Dove at 10:03pm on the 12th January. The fire involved a grill pan that had caught fire which was out before the arrival of the fire crews.
The following day firefighters from Burton were called to a house fire on Derby Road in Burton at around 6:45pm. The fire involved food stuffs in the kitchen that had been left unattended causing it to catch fire. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.
They then ventilated the property and carried out a free home fire risk check. The crews left the scene at 7:29pm.
Crews from Burton, Barton-under-Needwood, Rugeley, Abbots Bromley, Uttoxeter and Swadlincote attended an incident on 15th January at 9:40pm on Knights Place in Stapenhill.
The incident involved a fire that started in an airing cupboard and quickly spread to the roof space. Specialist appliances were also required from Burton, Swadlincote, Cannock, Stone and Hanley including aerial ladder platforms, water carriers and the control unit.
The owner of the property was not in the house when the fire started and the fire did not affect any surrounding properties. The fire caused extensive damage to both the first and ground floors of the property. The incident was closed at 8.35pm on 16th January.
A further incident on the 19th January at 2.30pm required crews from Burton, Barton-under-Needwood and Abbots Bromley to attend a house fire on Field Lane in Horninglow
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire, which started in the kitchen and left the ground floor of the property severely fire damaged. There was also considerable smoke damage throughout the property.
The fire had started because a laptop had been left on a hotplate which had accidentally been turned on which set the computer on fire. Crews left the scene at 6.05pm.
On the 26th January fire and rescue crews from Burton received a call reporting a fire on Clay Street in Stapenhill. The call came in shortly after 6:30pm. The fire involved an electric fuse box, however the fire was out when the fire crews arrived. The incident was closed at 8:15pm
Watch Manager, Jim Bywater said: “We would like to remind everyone to ensure electrical or cooking appliances are not left on and unattended and to switch them off when they are not in use. All portable electrical items should be used and stored in safe places.”