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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hot Ashes Start House Fire in Marchington

24/11/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning to Staffordshire residents who have open fires or log burners in their home, following a house fire in Marchington yesterday.

"We advise anyone who has an open fire or log burner to ensure they dispose of the ashes appropriately."

Watch Manager, Ian Pullen

The occupants of a property on Hounds Hill had removed ashes from their log burner yesterday morning, wrapped the ashes in newspaper and placed into a plastic bucket in their utility room.

They then left for work however on their return discovered smoke coming from their utility room and so alerted the fire service immediately.

Two crews from Abbots Bromley and Tutbury attended the incident at around 5pm and found the ashes had burnt through the plastic bucket and the fire had spread to the skirting boards.

Watch Manager, Ian Pullen said: "The ashes obviously had hot embers still smouldering which had continued to smoulder throughout the day, eventually burning through the bucket and starting a fire.

"Luckily, occupants had closed the utility room door before going to work which contained the fire to the one room. We advise anyone who has an open fire or log burner to ensure they dispose of the ashes appropriately. They should be collected in a metal bucket and taken outside to be disposed of safely; they should not be stored in or near to newspaper, plastic containers or any other combustible materials."

Crews left the scene at 6.12pm.