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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service’s Shock at Serious Fires

06/03/2012

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford has expressed his shock at three serious fires in just four days in North Staffordshire. Three people have died and a family of three have been hospitalised in the incidents.

"We’d urge people to use these recent incidents as a reminder to question whether they are as safe as possible from fire, or are their lifestyles and habits putting them at increased danger?"

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford

Last Thursday an elderly couple died in a fire in their Biddulph Moor home, on Monday evening an elderly man died following a fire at his flat in Berryhill and in the early hours of Tuesday morning a house fire in Hanley resulted in the hospitalisation of two children and their mother.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "We’ve had three serious fires in just four days in North Staffordshire. We offer a lot of fire prevention advice and equipment however we still need people to take responsibility for their fire safety. For that reason we’d urge people to use these recent incidents as a reminder to question whether they are as safe as possible from fire, or are their lifestyles and habits putting them at increased danger?

"Our firefighters are out and about in the areas where there have been incidents, offering free Home Fire Risk Checks. We’d urge residents to take us up on this offer, so we can help identify and reduce the fire risks. A check doesn’t take long; half an hour of your time may just save the lives of you and your family.

"People need to stop thinking a fire won’t happen to them or their family because as these incident have highlighted they can and they do. House fires don’t just happen in the soaps, they happen in reality - the only difference is that in real life smoke will kill you within a matter of minutes."