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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Rescue Family Pets from Kitchen Fire

18/10/2011

Three cats and a dog were rescued from a house fire in Leek last night after a neighbour alerted the fire service to an incident on Park Road at 6.40pm.

"Despite our recent heavy promotion of our Push the Button campaign, this property had no working smoke alarms."

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj

Two crews from Leek were sent to the incident where they had to force entry to the property. A fire had taken hold in the kitchen and three cats and a dog were rescued by firefighters – two of the cats were then given oxygen therapy by firefighters.

The fire started after the occupant had left an electric hob on and then left the property. A tea towel and other combustible materials were on top of the hob and eventually caught fire. Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "The property had no working smoke alarms and we were only alerted to this fire after a vigilant neighbour saw smoke and flames in the kitchen window.

"Despite our recent heavy promotion of our Push the Button campaign, this property had no working smoke alarms and that could have cost the occupant four family pets as well as a house.

"The fire had already spread to kitchen cupboards on our arrival and has left the kitchen severely fire damaged. The fire could have quite easily been far worse had it not been spotted when it was.

"There is absolutely no excuse not to have working smoke alarms – as a Fire Service we provide free Home Fire Risk Checks where we come and check your smoke alarms and if they don’t work or you don’t have any we will fit brand new ones free of charge on every level of your home.

"A smoke alarm could have given the neighbour an earlier warning to the fire - if they hadn’t have happened to look at the window next door when they did who knows how long the fire would have gone unnoticed.

"We urge anyone who hasn’t had a free Home Fire Risk Check to call us on 0800 0241 999 and book one now – help us to help keep you as safe as possible from a fire in your home."