A mobile phone charger sparked a bedroom blaze on Lily Street in Wolstanton last night.
"It is an unusual but not unknown for a fire to start in this way and we would urge people to ensure that all electrical items are turned off and un- plugged when they are not in use."
Station Manager, Brian Griffiths
Crews from Newcastle and Sandyford were called to the property at 9.45pm after one of the occupiers, who were visiting neighbours, briefly returned home to fetch something and found the house full of smoke with smoke alarms operating.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire which has destroyed a bed and left the bedroom damaged by heat and smoke.
Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: "The fire started accidentally after a mobile phone charger had been left plugged in and turned on. It is an unusual but not unknown for a fire to start in this way and we would urge people to ensure that all electrical items are turned off and un- plugged when they are not in use.
"On our arrival, we also found out that the occupants had gone back inside the property to rescue pet reptiles after reporting the fire. We would also like to remind people that if they discover a fire they should get out and stay out – call us and we will deal with the fire and any rescues, don’t put your life at risk by re-entering a burning building.
"One woman who returned to the property required oxygen therapy at the scene after suffering from smoke inhalation; luckily she did not require hospital treatment."