Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of leaving electrical appliances unattended. The warning comes following a bungalow fire yesterday afternoon on Tolldish Lane in Great Haywood.
"We’d urge people to ensure they do not leave electrical appliances switched on when they are either asleep or not in the property. Also to make sure that all electrical appliances are regularly serviced and maintained. "
Area Commander Ian Housley.
Fire crews from Stafford, Rising Brook, Cannock and Rugeley were called out at around 1pm to the incident which involved one detached bungalow that was well alight. No one was in the property at the time of the fire. At the height of the incident around 38 firefighters were at the scene tackling the blaze.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two main jets and one hose reel jet to bring the fire under control. The crews remained at the scene for several hours damping down hot spots.
A fire investigation has confirmed that the fire started due to a combined washer and dryer that had been left on whilst the occupiers were out.
Area Commander, Ian Housley said: ”We’d urge people to ensure they do not leave electrical appliances switched on when they are either asleep or not in the property. Also to make sure that all electrical appliances are regularly serviced and maintained.
“As the incident in Great Haywood yesterday highlighted, fires can very quickly start and spread for this reason we would remind people to keep all internal doors closed when vacating the property. The fire has severely damaged the bungalow leaving it uninhabitable.”
The final fire crews left the scene at approximately 10pm.
Electrical fire safety tips are as follows:
• Don’t overload plug sockets
• Regularly check for worn or frayed wires
• Keep appliances clean and in good working order