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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Woman Hospitalised Following Kitchen Fire

25/05/2011

A 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital last night suffering from smoke inhalation following a fire in her kitchen.

"This incident serves as a reminder to people who leave appliances turned on overnight – don’t do it."

Station Manager, Rob Barber

Crews from Newcastle and Hanley were called to Orchard Street in Wolstanton at 11.40pm last night after a neighbour called to report the fire and stated the occupier had gone back into the house.

Firefighters arrived on scene and found the occupier was back outside. They entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

Station Manager, Rob Barber said: "On arrival, we asked the lady why she had re-entered her property and she stated it was to rescue her pet dog. We would like to remind people it is incredibly dangerous to re-enter a burning building and advise they instead wait for us to arrive.

"The fire started in the kitchen and is believed to have been caused by a fault in the tumble dryer, which the occupier had turned on and then gone to bed. She was thankfully alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm operating downstairs; otherwise she may not have been so lucky.

"She was treated on scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation and then taken to hospital for further treatment. This incident serves as a reminder to people who leave appliances turned on overnight – don’t do it. You should never leave appliances such as a tumble dryer turned on whilst you are in bed or out of the house.

"Although the property did have one smoke alarm fitted and working, it is not a home we have visited before, despite us being in the area frequently following the tragic death of George Ball last November offering free Home Fire Risk Checks.

"We would encourage everyone to book a free Home Fire Risk Check if they have not had one yet. Even if you already have working smoke alarms, you can still benefit from our safety advice as the visit isn’t just about smoke alarms. Simply call 0800 0241 999 to book your free Home Fire Risk Check at a convenient time and date for you."

The occupier has since been discharged from hospital and the incident was closed at 2.00am.