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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Washing Machine Causes Kitchen Fire in Stone

13/09/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a fresh warning to Staffordshire residents about leaving washing machines on when you’re not home, following a serious fire in Stone last night.

 

“A fire can start and progress very quickly and had the woman been home, she may have been trapped. We urge people to only use appliances such as washing machines when they are home and not to put them on when you are going to bed, it isn’t worth the risk.”

Station Manager Al Bateman.

Two crews from Stone and one crew from Stafford were called to Birch Road at 7.50pm last night after neighbours spotted smoke coming from a ground floor flat and weren’t sure if the occupant was still inside.

A rapid forced entry was made by crews and it was soon established the lady was not at home however a severe fire was in progress in the kitchen.

Crews used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire, which has left the kitchen severely damaged by fire and the entire flat smoke logged.

Station Manager, Al Bateman said: “The person who made the emergency call wasn’t sure if there was anyone in the flat and so our first priority was to locate the occupant. Thankfully, she was not home however had put her washing machine on before going out to visit her sister.

“The washing machine caught fire and has done some serious damage to the property. This incident serves as a reminder to people to never leave washing machines on when you are either going out or going to bed.

“A fire can start and progress very quickly and had the woman been home, she may have been trapped. We urge people to only use appliances such as washing machines when they are home and not to put them on when you are going to bed, it isn’t worth the risk.”

The incident was closed at 9.10pm.