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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Silverdale

03/05/2011

Crews from Newcastle, Sandyford, Burslem, Hanley and Longton were called to a house fire on Abbey Street in Silverdale just before 6.30pm last night.

"The man suffered his injuries after re-entering the property to rescue his pet dog, he  managed to get out before the ceilings collapsed."

Station Manager, Ruth Watchorn-Rice

On arrival, firefighters found a man suffering from burns to his hair and a fire in progress in a bedroom.

Crews used three hose reel jets to tackle the fire and the aerial ladder platform from Longton was used to monitor the fire from above.

Station Manager, Ruth Watchorn-Rice said: "Firefighters were faced with a difficult fire as it had already destroyed the bedroom and was starting to spread into the roof space of the property.

"A man required medical attention after suffering burns to his hair; his grandchild was also in the property however he was unharmed. We have since discovered that the cause of the fire was the child playing with a cigarette lighter and setting fire to items in the room.

"The man suffered his injuries after re-entering the property to rescue his pet dog, he  managed to get out before the ceilings collapsed.  The fire has caused severe damage to the first floor of the property and has damaged the roof space and neighbouring property roof space. The entire property has been left heavily smoke logged. 

"This incident highlights how easily a fire can start and how quickly the damage happens. It seems the young boy found the cigarette lighter in nearby fields and brought it back to his grandparent’s house.

"We would urge parents, grandparents and anyone else who looks after children to ensure that children are properly educated about the dangers of fire and are aware of how dangerous playing with fire is.

"This incident could have been far worse and it is lucky that the property had working smoke alarms which alerted the man to the fire and allowed him to get his grandson out of the property safely."

Firefighters left the scene at around 10pm.