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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Family Praise Fire Service Following Burton House Fire

29/11/2011

A family of six have praised Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s free Home Fire Risk Check service after smoke alarms fitted by the Service alerted them to a fire in their home at the weekend.

"Due to the early warning from the smoke alarms, the family were alerted to the fire at the earliest opportunity and were able to safely evacuate meaning that no one was harmed."

Station Manager, Toby Wilson

Two crews from Burton were alerted to the fire at just after 9.30pm on Friday night (November 25th) and on arrival found the family waiting outside their Uxbridge Street property. One of the occupiers, Tariq Hussain, told firefighters they had been alerted to the fire when their upstairs smoke alarm sounded.

He went to investigate but was soon driven back by the heat and heavy smoke so he closed the door, dialled 999 and quickly evacuated the family. On arrival, crews were met with a severe fire in a first floor bedroom; they extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet.

Station Manager, Toby Wilson said: "Due to the early warning from the smoke alarms, the family were alerted to the fire at the earliest opportunity and were able to safely evacuate meaning that no one was harmed.

"The fire had started accidentally in the bedroom and local crews have been in the area over the weekend offering residents free Home Fire Risk Checks. This incident highlights how essential working smoke alarms are and we would urge everyone to test their smoke alarms weekly.

"If you don’t have any, call us free on 0800 0241 999 and will come out and fit them for free in your home."

Tariq Hussain added: "We had our free Home Fire Risk Check from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service a couple of years ago where they fitted free smoke alarms for us. It is those smoke alarms that have saved our lives and our home, without the smoke alarms we would have been none the wiser about the fire for who knows how long.

"The firefighters arrived within minutes and did a wonderful job; their professionalism meant that there was limited damage. Five bedrooms have been smoke logged as all of the doors were open upstairs, but it could have been much worse.

"Anyone can have a free Home Fire Risk Check and I would urge those who haven’t to book theirs now because it could be the difference between life and death."