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Cigarette Causes House Fire in Penkhull

A discarded cigarette has caused a severe house fire this afternoon on Tudor Close in Penkhull.

“The fire was caused due to a lit cigarette that had been left and wasn’t in an ashtray.  We’d urge smokers to ensure that cigarettes are put fully out and an ash tray is always used.”  

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley, Longton, Stone and Newcastle were mobilised to the call that was received at 1.45pm. It was initially reported that somebody was inside the property. A man and his dog managed to get out of the house before the arrival of the fire crews.

Station Manager, Rob Barber said:”Upon arrival crews were faced with a severe fire in the upstairs back bedroom of the semi detached property. The fire had already spread into the roof space and so firefighters had to search the roof of the adjacent property. They successfully managed to prevent the fire from spreading into the neighbouring house.

“The fire was caused due to a lit cigarette that had been left and wasn’t in an ashtray.  We’d urge smokers to ensure that cigarettes are put fully out and an ash tray is always used.”

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire with three hose reel jets and one main jet.  The room that the fire started in has been severely damaged by the fire and the rest of the property has been damaged by smoke.

Fire crews remain at the scene damping down.