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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bungalow Fire In Cheadle

07/11/2011

A fire investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of a fire, in which a woman had a very lucky escape. Despite having four smoke alarms fitted in the property none of them were working.

 

“If it had not been for the neighbours rescuing the lady, there is a strong possibility that she would have died. There is absolutely no excuse for people not to have working smoke alarms fitted in their properties."

Assistant Area Commander Brian Griffiths.

Fire and rescue crews from Longton and Cheadle attended a fire at a bungalow on Weaver Close in Wood Head, Cheadle in the early hours of this morning. The call was received just after midnight reporting the incident.

Fire crews arrived to find a fully developed fire in the lounge of a two bedroom terraced bungalow. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using two hose reel jets.

A female casualty had been rescued from the bungalow by a neighbour before the arrival of the fire service.

The occupant had fallen asleep but was fortunately woken up by the sound of the fire and the windows smashing. The bungalow had become heavily smoke logged and the lady became disorientated and couldn’t find her way out.

She managed to find her way into the kitchen and began to shout for help.  Fortunately she was heard by neighbours who pulled her through the kitchen window to safety.  The lady was given oxygen at the scene and transported to University Hospital of North Staffordshire and treated for smoke inhalation.

The bungalow was fitted with four smoke alarms but unfortunately three of them had batteries that been disconnected and one of them had the battery completely removed.

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: “We urge members of the public to ensure that they have working smoke detectors fitted in their properties and to test them weekly. On this occasion the occupant was extremely lucky that she managed to get out of the property alive.

“If it had not been for the neighbours rescuing the lady, there is a strong possibility that she would have died. There is absolutely no excuse for people not to have working smoke alarms fitted in their properties.

“The fire service will come out and fit smoke detectors free of charge. However, there is no point having smoke detectors if they are not working.  People should not remove the batteries as smoke detectors act as early warning giving people time to get out of the property and call the fire service. They save lives.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service recently re-launched the ‘Push the Button’ campaign which encourages members of the pubic to test their smoke alarm weekly.

Firefighters remained at the scene for two hours damping down and the incident was closed at 2am.
 
Fire crews will be in the area over the next few days offering free home fire risk checks to local residents.