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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Assisted Technology Alerts Fire Service to House Fire

30/06/2011

A man in his 70s and his neighbour were lead to safety by firefighters following a fire in his lounge this afternoon.

"We do not encourage people to tackle fires themselves – that’s what we’re here for, if you have a fire, call us then get out and stay out."

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn

The man’s smoke alarm is linked to an operator using assisted technology who immediately alerted the fire service to its activation at 2.00pm.

On arrival, crews from Stafford and Rising Brook found that the elderly occupant and a neighbour were still inside the property on The Crescent in Doxey and were attempting to tackle the fire themselves. Firefighters lead them both to safety before extinguishing the fire using a hose reel jet.

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn said: "A fire had accidentally started in the lounge and quickly spread to nearby furniture in the lounge however instead of responding to the smoke alarms, the man instead attempted to tackle the fire with the assistance of a neighbour.

"Had the smoke alarms not been linked to alert an operator, we could have been dealing with a far more serious incident as the two men were focused on tackling the fire themselves. The smoke alarm system also ensured a speedy response from us and limited the damage the fire could do.

"We do not encourage people to tackle fires themselves – that’s what we’re here for, if you have a fire, call us then get out and stay out. This man is of a vulnerable age so it is essential we protect the vulnerable members of our community as best we can from fire.

"Firefighters will be in the area over the next few days delivering after the fire literature to nearby properties and offering free Home Fire Risk Checks. If anyone would like to book a free Home Fire Risk Check now, they can do so by calling 0800 0241 999."

The incident was closed at 3.10pm.