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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hanley House Fire Caused by Halogen Heater

06/03/2012

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firefighters at incident

A fire which hospitalised two children and their mother started after a combustible item was left too close to a halogen heater.

"The property had no smoke alarms fitted so it is incredibly lucky that the woman realised there was a fire and was able to get the children out of the bedroom and bring them downstairs."

Fire Investigation Officer, Al Bateman

Firefighters from Hanley, Newcastle and Burslem were called to the fire, on Baskerville Road, Hanley, by the mother of the children at 1.46am this morning.

On arrival, firefighters entered the property and rescued two unconscious children from the ground floor and led the woman to safety.

Fire Investigation Officer, Al Bateman said: "Following a fire investigation we have established that the fire started accidentally. It would appear that a combustible item was in close proximity to a halogen heater which had been turned on in the bedroom and left on whilst the children slept.

"This incident highlights the dangers that heating appliances can pose and the area surrounding such appliances needs to be kept clear from combustible materials at all times.

"The property had no smoke alarms fitted so it is incredibly lucky that the woman realised there was a fire and was able to get the children out of the bedroom and bring them downstairs.

"She did however then put the fire out herself which we advise against doing. In the event of a fire we urge people to get out, stay out and call 999."

Hanley firefighters have returned to Baskerville Road this afternoon to carry out free Home Fire Risk Checks to surrounding properties.