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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Flat Fire in Hednesford

11/01/2012

A 31-year-old man has been hospitalised following a flat fire on Wilcox Avenue in Green Heath, Hednesford last night.

"A man was rescued from the bathroom by firefighters and treated on scene for smoke inhalation by paramedics before being taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire."

Station Manager, Phil Smith

Firefighters were alerted to the blaze by the occupants of a neighbouring flat at just after 10.45pm last night. Two crews from Cannock and one crew from Penkridge attended and found one man from the ground floor flat and a man, woman and their baby from the upstairs flat already outside.

Crews asked if anyone was still inside but the ground floor flat occupant was unable to confirm for certain. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus immediately entered the ground floor flat and found a man trapped in the bathroom.

Station Manager, Phil Smith said: "A man was rescued from the bathroom by firefighters and treated on scene for smoke inhalation by paramedics before being taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

"One hose reel jet was used to tackle the fire, which was confined to the bedroom and has left that room severely fire damaged. The family in the flat upstairs said they heard smoke alarms in the flat below them operating and shortly afterwards their own alarms went off so they quickly evacuated and called 999.

"The occupant of the ground floor flat had been out with his friend earlier in the evening and then fell asleep in the living room when they got back in. When he woke up and realised there was a fire, he assumed his friend had gone home and managed to find his way out of the flat.

"He was assessed on scene by paramedics but did not need to go to hospital. The man and woman from the flat upstairs attended hospital with their baby for precautionary checks.

"A fire investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the fire."