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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Flat Fire Just Yards from George’s Home

07/02/2011

Crews from Newcastle and Sandyford were called to a fire in a flat which was just yards from the flat where George ‘the hat’ Ball died in a fire in November.

"There is no excuse not to have working smoke alarms fitted, especially as Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offer the service free of charge."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Two people were in the High Street flat in Wolstanton in the early hours of Sunday morning when they smelt burning. Crews arrived just after 1.00am to find the bathroom floor alight and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. The property had no smoke alarms fitted.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "To have another fire just months after George’s death and on the same road is very alarming. The fire was started accidentally after a neighbour had been smoking outside and then put the cigarette end into a wheelie bin. The bin then caught fire which spread to the building.

"The occupiers were very lucky they were awake and smelt burning, as had they been sleeping the chances are they would not have known about the fire as the property had no smoke alarms fitted at all.

"There is no excuse not to have working smoke alarms fitted, especially as Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offer the service free of charge.

"Whilst landlords have a duty of care to ensure their tenants are adequately protected the occupier also has a responsibility to ensure working smoke alarms are present in the property and tested weekly – working smoke alarms provide an early warning that could mean the difference between life and death."

Crews spent an hour and a half at the property and will be returning to carry out a full Home Fire Risk Check. The incident was closed at 2.30am.