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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Woman Tackles House Fire Despite Warning Issued Yesterday

01/02/2012

A 53-year-old woman has been hospitalised this afternoon after trying to tackle a fire in her living room.

"She had tried to tackle the fire herself and has ended up with a minor burn to her hand and has also suffered smoke inhalation, which wouldn’t have happened had she left the property when advised to do so."

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning just yesterday urging people not to risk their lives by tackling fires.

Burton firefighters attended the house fire on Branston Road in Burton at 12.55pm this afternoon and lead the woman to safety.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: "The woman had called in the incident and fire control had advised her to leave the property however on arrival we found the woman still inside.

"She had tried to tackle the fire herself and has ended up with a minor burn to her hand and has also suffered smoke inhalation, which wouldn’t have happened had she left the property when advised to do so.

"The fire started after combustible materials had been placed too close to a gas fire and ignited. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

"This incident highlights two important points – firstly do not attempt to tackle a fire yourself. This woman is incredibly lucky she has escaped with minor injuries only – a woman died last week tackling a fire herself, it is never worth the risk.

"We would also like to remind people not to put combustible materials near to fires, this includes drying items of clothing nearby and placing combustible items on or very close to the fireplace."

Crews will return to the property to give the woman advice and carry out a free Home Fire Risk Check within the next few days. They will also be out in the immediate area offering nearby residents free Home Fire Risk Checks.