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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Rescue Two People Overnight

30/03/11

Firefighters have rescued two casualties overnight at two separate incidents.

“We would urge members of the public to contact their local fire station if they see rough sleepers in void properties.”

Station Manager Ian Housley.

The first call was received at 8:40pm yesterday evening reporting a fire at a house on London Road in Newcastle. Firefighters from Newcastle and Hanley attended the incident which involved a fire in the basement of the property. One male casualty was rescued from the building.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze. The incident was closed at 10:53pm. A fire investigation has established that the fire was started deliberately.

The second call was received at 12:37am reporting a building fire on Liverpool Road in Stoke. Firefighters from Longton, Newcastle and Hanley attended the incident which involved a fire on the ground floor of a disused hostel.

Station Manager Ian Housley said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using two hose reel jets and searched the building for possible casualties.  One male was located and rescued by firefighters.

“We would urge members of the public to contact their local fire station if they see rough sleepers in void properties.”

The fire is believed to have started due to careless disposal of smoking materials. The incident was closed at 1:52am.