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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning about Storage of Flammable Materials

04/08/2011

A fire which destroyed three wooden outbuildings and damaged two houses on Brisbane Road in Tillington yesterday started accidentally.

"We would urge people to ensure flammable materials are stored safely in the smallest quantities possible and well away from ignition sources."

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn

A passer-by saw a tree on fire in a rear garden at around 3pm and so called the fire service. The Targeted Response Vehicle and two fire engines from Stafford and Rising Brook were sent to deal with the incident and arrived to find an outbuilding which was used as a workshop well alight.

The fire had spread to two other outbuildings, a tree, across the lawn and towards the house.

Stafford Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn said: "It was lucky that a passer-by spotted the flames coming from the tree, as the fire was actually quite well developed and neither the owner nor the neighbours were home so it could have gone unnoticed for even longer.

"The crews acted quickly and prevented the fire from entering the nearby house and hose reel jets were used to tackle the main fire.

"The fire was most likely caused by faulty electrics in the outbuilding being used as a workshop. Paints and thinners were also being stored in the workshop and due to the hot weather; flammable vapours were in the atmosphere which made the situation more dangerous.

"The fire has destroyed three of the outbuildings at the property, several trees, part of the lawn and damaged the guttering and windows of both houses.

"We would urge people to ensure flammable materials are stored safely in the smallest quantities possible and well away from ignition sources."

Firefighters remained in the area for some time following the incident delivering After the Fire literature to surrounding properties and offering free Home Fire Risk Checks.