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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Flat Fire in Blurton Started Deliberately

27/09/2011

A flat fire which has hospitalised a 37-year-old woman was started deliberately Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have revealed.

"Smoke alarms won’t prevent fires from occurring but they do save lives by alerting people in the early stages of the fire."

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths

Firefighters from Longton and Hanley were called to the flat on Hatfield Crescent at 7.40pm last night after a passer-by saw a woman hanging out of a first floor flat window.

Firefighters rescued the woman and extinguished the fire and a joint fire and police investigation was carried out this morning.

DC Gary Cliffe, investigating officer from Staffordshire Police, said: "A joint investigation into this incident continues but having liaised closely with colleagues at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the fire being started."

Any witnesses who have not already come forward are asked to contact DC Cliffe at Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 44 55 quoting incident number 765 of September 26.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "The flat had no smoke alarms fitted and the fire developed rapidly meaning no early warning was given to the occupier or any neighbouring properties.

"Smoke alarms won’t prevent fires from occurring but they do save lives by alerting people in the early stages of the fire, allowing sufficient time to escape safely and call the fire and rescue service.

"Fire crews will be in the area over the next few days offering free Home Fire Risk Checks to residents in Hatfield Crescent and the surrounding roads where smoke alarms will be fitted free of charge if any properties do not have them or they don’t work.

"We urge people to take up this offer – they can also call 0800 0241 999 and book a free Home Fire Risk Check direct."