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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fish Tank Electrics Spark Fire in Perton

03/08/2011

A Perton couple have thanked Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for a free Home Fire Risk Check they have previously had, after advice given during the check meant they were able to get out of their house safely during a fire this morning.

"We urge anyone who hasn’t already had their free Home Fire Risk Check to book it now by calling 0800 0241 999."

Codsall Watch Manager, Dave Bloomer

One crew from Codsall and one crew from a neighbouring fire service were called to Lytham Road at 6.00am after receiving a call from the occupiers stating there was a fire in the bedroom.

The couple were waiting outside when the firefighters arrived and had ensured the door to the affected room was closed and even moved their car from the driveway allowing easy access for the firefighters.

Codsall Watch Manager, Dave Bloomer said: "The couple had done everything right. They had gotten themselves out of the house, closing the internal doors behind them to help contain the fire, then called us and waited outside.

"The fire involved the electricity supply to a fish tank which had developed a fault and caught fire. The fire has left the bedroom severely smoke and fire damaged however because the door had been closed, smoke damage to the rest of the property was minimal. Unfortunately only one fish out of the five in the tank survived the fire.

"We would have been dealing with a more serious incident had the occupiers not followed the essential advice they were given during their free Home Fire Risk Check.

"We urge anyone who hasn’t already had their free Home Fire Risk Check to book it now by calling 0800 0241 999 or visiting our website – it could just save your life.

"The Codsall crew will be returning to the Lytham Road area today and over the next few days delivering After the Fire literature to surrounding properties and offering residents free Home Fire Risk Checks."