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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stapenhill House Fire Started Accidentally

23/01/2012

 A house fire which claimed the life of an 88-year-old woman last night on Cherry Tree Road in Stapenhill started accidentally.

"If you know someone older or vulnerable who you think may benefit from a free Home Fire Risk Check you can still call us on 0800 0241 999 to discuss your concerns and we will do what we can to help." 

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire however it has been established that it started accidentally in the kitchen of the property.

Burton firefighters are now out in the Cherry Tree Lane area and surrounding streets offering people free Home Fire Risk Checks and advice as part of the Service’s ‘After the Fire’ programme.

‘After the Fire’ is a Fire Service initiative which sees firefighters out and about following a house fire offering free Home Fire Risk Checks and advice to nearby residents. If no one is home, a leaflet or postcard is left providing the occupier with the Home Fire Risk Check telephone number to call.

Nearby school, Edge Hill Junior School, have also received a visit from firefighters this afternoon and letters will go home with the children this evening to parents reminding them to check on any elderly relatives, friends and neighbours as part of the Service’s Older Persons Campaign.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "The fire last night was a tragic accident which has sadly claimed the life of an elderly lady. We would encourage anyone who sees our firefighters out and about today and over the coming days to take us up on our offer a free Home Fire Risk Check. We want to help keep you as safe as possible from fire in your home.

"Alternatively, if you know someone older or vulnerable who you think may benefit from a free Home Fire Risk Check you can still call us on 0800 0241 999 to discuss your concerns and we will do what we can to help."