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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Cigarettes Cause Bedroom Fire in Bradwell

05/01/2012

At 5.40am this morning, a call was received from occupiers of a property on Knype Way in Bradwell reporting a bedroom fire.

"It was pure luck that the man woke up and discovered the fire; we could have been dealing with two fatalities at this incident."

Station Manager, Carl Mason

Two crews from Newcastle and one crew from Sandyford attended to put the fire out and the occupants, a 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, were safely outside on arrival.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "Crews immediately entered the property to tackle the fire which involved a bed in a first floor bedroom. After speaking to the occupiers, it was established that they had been on a night out and arrived home at around three am.

"The man said he had been drinking and had smoked in bed before falling asleep. He woke up by chance to find smoke around him and realised the bed was smouldering. He got up and attempted to put the fire out himself, he then left the room but on his return discovered a well-developed fire.

"He again attempted to tackle the fire himself but soon realised he was unable to and went to find his partner, who was in a different room. The couple then evacuated the property to wait for our arrival."

Once the fire was extinguished, crews checked for smoke alarms and found just one fitted in an unsuitable position on a wall above the stairs which on inspection, did not have a battery fitted.

Carl added: "It was pure luck that the man woke up and discovered the fire; we could have been dealing with two fatalities at this incident. We urge smokers not to smoke in bed, especially not after having a drink as it is only too easy to fall asleep and before you know it, there’s a fire.

"Working smoke alarms are essential and there is no excuse not to have any as we fit them for free. If you don’t have any smoke alarms, or if they don’t work, you can call us on 0800 0241 999 and we will come out and fit new ones absolutely free of charge.

"We would also like to remind people that they should not endanger themselves further by trying to tackle fires themselves. Call us then get out and stay out – we will deal with the fire safely."