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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Holiday Makers Return to Shock Fire Scene

A couple from Hanbury returned to their home on Hanslow Road from a holiday last night to discover there house had been on fire whilst there were away.

“We urge people to ensure that open fires are fully extinguished if they are intending on leaving the property, as this incident highlights, smouldering fires can be unpredictable.”

The fire appeared to have burned itself out however they immediately called the Fire Service to ensure it was safe for them to enter their property.

One crew from Tutbury and one crew from Burton attended and it was discovered that the fire had been caused due to heat radiation from an open fire which had been left smouldering.

The fire has set a wooden beam in the chimney breast alight which them spread to various items of furniture and fittings in the living areas and also began to spread to the dining area.

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Brian Griffiths said: “We were called to attend the property at 6.25pm yesterday to assess the situation. The property has sustained severe fire damage to the living room and smoke damage throughout.

“We urge people to ensure that open fires are fully extinguished if they are intending on leaving the property, as this incident highlights, smouldering fires can be unpredictable.”

This incident comes just days after another accidental property fire in East Staffordshire. On Friday morning, crews were called to Shannon Approach after a flat occupier was awoken by her smoke alarm activating.

Two crews from Burton attended and extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet. An investigation established that the fire had been caused due to the sofa being too close to a storage heater which has been accidentally left switched on.

Brian added: “This is two accidental fires we’ve had in East Staffordshire in less than a week. Thankfully no one was injured in either incidents however property has been damaged and both fires could have been much worse.

“We would also like to remind people not to put items of furniture or other combustible materials too close to heaters as a fire can develop and spread very quickly. Fortunately at Shannon Approach, the smoke alarms alerted the occupier meaning she was able to safely get out of the property and alert us immediately.”