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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Lady Suffers Smoke Inhalation in House Fire

28/03/2011

A 93-year-old woman has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation following a fire at her home on Langland Drive in Blurton.

"This incident serves as a reminder to anyone leaving items on top of their cooker, as it is a common occurrence for cooking appliances to be accidentally turned on."

Station Manager, Andy Leedham

Crews from Longton and Hanley were called to the property after being alerted automatically by Stoke-on-Trent lifeline to activating smoke alarms in the property at 2.15pm today.

On arrival, firefighters discovered a heavily smoke logged property and escorted an elderly lady outside to safety. They then removed the burning item, a plastic tray, which had been left on a cooker.

Station Manager, Andy Leedham said: "It appears the cooker had been accidentally turned on and the plastic tray which was being stored on top caught fire. Although it was only a small item, the smoke filled the house very quickly and the lady has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

"Thankfully her smoke alarms were working and had alerted Lifeline which meant we were alerted straight away and were able to lead her from the property before the fire got any worse.

"This incident serves as a reminder to anyone leaving items on top of their cooker, as it is a common occurrence for cooking appliances to be accidentally turned on. We would urge people to never store anything on top of a cooker as it does not take long for fires to start."

Crews left the incident at 4.10pm.