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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Uttoxeter Fire Caused Accidentally

A fire investigation has established that a fire on Avocet Close, Uttoxeter yesterday was started accidentally.

"We’d urge people to ensure the same levels of safety are applied in outbuildings, sheds and garages as they are in the home."

Station Manager, Rob Barber

The incident involved a fire which had started in a shed and had then spread to the conservatory and roof of a detached property. At the height of the incident four fire engines along with an aerial ladder platform tackled the blaze.

Station Manager, Rob Barber said: "There were a number of ignition sources in the shed, which was being used for a candle making hobby. Once the fire started it spread extremely quickly due to the number of combustible materials being stored in the shed. The radiated heat from the shed fire then caused the UPVC conservatory to ignite and these flames then spread to the roof of the property.

"We’d urge people to ensure the same levels of safety are applied in outbuildings, sheds and garages as they are in the home. During a Home Fire Risk Check we can talk through risks in these buildings and where necessary also fit smoke detectors and provide advice to reduce the risk of a fire occurring."

The fire has destroyed two sheds, the conservatory and some of the roof. Severe damage has also been caused to the rear bedroom where the roof has been destroyed. Some damage has also been caused to the single storey extension, garden decking and patio windows of the neighbouring property. Firefighters left the incident at approximately 10.30pm.
East Staffordshire firefighters will be in the local area over the next few days delivering ‘After the Fire’ postcards which promote the Service’s free Home Fire Risk Checks.