Firefighters tackled a house fire on Lilac Avenue, Cannock at 10pm last night.
"The fire had started in the bathroom and we believe it was caused by a discarded cigarette. The bathroom has been destroyed as a result of the fire and there has been heat and smoke damage to all of the first floor."
Station Manager, Rich Williams
The call for the incident was received after neighbours heard a smoke alarm operating and then spotted flames coming from the bathroom window.
Two crews from Cannock and one crew from Penkridge were sent to the incident. On arrival they were unsure as to whether there was anyone in the house and so firefighters wearing breathing apparatus carried out a full search. The search confirmed that there was no one inside the property and the family returned as the fire was being tackled.
Station Manager, Rich Williams said: "The fire had started in the bathroom and we believe it was caused by a discarded cigarette. The bathroom has been destroyed as a result of the fire and there has been heat and smoke damage to all of the first floor.
"Smoke alarms were fitted in the property, which alerted the neighbours to the fire. Luckily the family weren’t in at the time, but had they been they would have received an early warning from the alarms."
Crews will be in the area over the next few days delivering "After the Fire" postcards and displaying posters to make residents aware that there has been a fire in their area and to encourage people to book a free Home Fire Risk Check. A Home Fire Risk Check involves a member of the fire and rescue service visiting your property to identify potential fire hazards and fit safety equipment, such as smoke alarms, to reduce the likelihood of a fire occurring.