A mother and her baby were rescued from their first floor flat by a passer-by with a ladder this morning. The incident happened when a mobility scooter belonging to their neighbour caught fire outside their building and blocked their exit.
"The male occupant, who reported the fire, told us he knew what to do when he spotted the fire because he had received a free Home Fire Risk Check from us."
Group Manager, Wayne Bowcock
Crews from Newcastle and Sandyford were alerted to the incident on Diglake Street in Bignall End at 9.35am and on arrival found a mobility scooter well alight. The fire had also spread to two outbuildings and the main door to the two flats.
Two hose reel jets were used to tackle the flames and a joint fire and police investigation commenced once the fire was out. The fire is being treated as suspicious.
Group Manager, Wayne Bowcock said: "It was initially reported that the flat occupants were still inside however on arrival they were safely outside after being assisted by a passer-by with a ladder. A male occupant of the ground floor flat had also climbed out of a rear window himself.
"The mobility scooter has been destroyed by the fire and two outbuildings have been severely damaged as well. The fire did not spread inside the building however the main doors, which were the occupant’s exit, were damaged in the fire.
"The male occupant, who reported the fire, told us he knew what to do when he spotted the fire because he had received a free Home Fire Risk Check from us. He also stayed on the line with fire control providing them with essential information.
"The two adults and baby were all checked over by paramedics however none of them required hospital treatment. The incident has now been passed onto Staffordshire Police to continue with their investigations."
Anyone with any information about the incident can contact Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 quoting incident number 158 of October 24th or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Fire crews will be in the area over the next few days posting fire safety literature to surrounding properties and offering residents free Home Fire Risk Checks.