An unattended fire caused a house fire on Balance Hill in Uttoxeter on Sunday afternoon.
"We would urge people to ensure they use their fires appropriately and never leave them unattended if you’re leaving the property or going to bed."
Station Manager, Paul Richins
The female occupant had left her gas fire on whilst she popped to the shop and on her return at just after 3.00pm discovered a fire in her living room and call 999.
Crews from Uttoxeter and Abbots Bromley attended to tackle the fire, which involved the gas fire, paper products surrounding the fire, curtains and a table.
Station Manager, Paul Richins said: "The woman had decided to pop to the shops but left her fire on whilst she was there, thinking that it would be ok as she didn’t plan to be long.
"She was only gone for around 20 minutes but was met with quite a serious fire on her arrival home, it was lucky she had not been gone longer. The fire started after paper products left on the hearth and near to the fire caught fire, which then spread to nearby curtains and then a table.
"Firefighters used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire and left the incident at 4.30pm. We would urge people to ensure they use their fires appropriately and never leave them unattended if you’re leaving the property or going to bed.
"Fireplaces should be kept free from clutter and any combustible materials and a fire guard should be in place when the fire is in use."