Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning smokers of the dangers of lighting up in bed, following a fire yesterday in which a man had to be rescued.
"The man was extremely lucky that we rescued him when we did as the flat was heavily smoke logged when we arrived."
Station Manager, Phil Smith
Stafford and Rising Brook firefighters were sent to the incident on St Georges Road, Stafford at approximately 5.15pm yesterday. The incident involved a first floor flat on fire. Crews in breathing apparatus rescued a man from the bedroom of the flat and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which involved the bed.
Station Manager, Phil Smith said: "The man was extremely lucky that we rescued him when we did as the flat was heavily smoke logged when we arrived. The fire was caused by a cigarette setting alight to the mattress. Smoking in bed when you are drunk or when you are tired can have fatal consequences - just a couple of months ago we had a lady in Lichfield die after she had been smoking in bed, which highlights just how dangerous it can be.
"We’d urge all residents, especially those who are smokers, who haven’t received a free Home Fire Risk Check to give us a call to arrange one. We can give you tips, advice and equipment that may just save your life."
The casualty was taken by ambulance to Stafford General Hospital. The flat was heavily smoke logged and there was fire damage to the bed as a result of the incident.