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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Third Fire Fatality in Four Days

06/03/2012

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firefighters at incident

An elderly man has died in a flat fire last night in Berryhill, Stoke-on-Trent.

"We will now work with partners and staff at the care home to determine how the fire started and investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire however we are not treating the fire as suspicious."

Station Manager, Ian Housley

Crews from Hanley, Longton, Burslem and Newcastle were called to the incident by care home staff at Berryhill Retirement Village on Arbourfield Drive at 9.56pm last night. The onsite staff had been alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm sounding in the man’s flat.

On arrival firefighters found a well-developed fire involving one flat on the first floor and a 67-year-old man was rescued by firefighters.

Station Manager, Ian Housley said: "One man from the affected flat was already outside on our arrival and was taken to hospital. The man sadly did not survive and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.

"The fire was contained to one flat however had spread throughout and resulted in us evacuating 20 nearby flats.

"Many of the other residents were already outside however we put provisions in place with the assistance of colleagues from the Civil Contingencies Unit in case we needed to re-house anyone.

"Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and tackled the fire using two hose reel jets. A number of staff on site and some residents required treatment for smoke inhalation however none of them had to attend hospital.

"We managed to restore power to the site before leaving so that residents were able to return to their flats.

"We will now work with partners and staff at the care home to determine how the fire started and investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire however we are not treating the fire as suspicious."