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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fatal Berryhill Fire Started Accidentally

07/03/2012

A fire which claimed the life of a 67-year-old man appears to have accidentally been started by smoking materials Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed.

"Whilst we appreciate that people’s habits are not necessarily going to change we hope that our safety advice is taken on board to prevent future incidents of a similar nature."

Group Manager, Keith Stubbs

The Berryhill Retirement Village resident died as a result of the injuries sustained during the fire.

Group Manager, Keith Stubbs said: "The fire was a tragic accident which has resulted in a man losing his life. It appears that the man had been smoking and somehow the sofa and other items in the flat have then caught fire.

"We would urge smokers to ensure that if they do smoke in the home that they remain vigilant whilst doing so and carefully dispose of all smoking materials.

"We attend a high number of house fires which are caused by smoking materials and whilst we appreciate that people’s habits are not necessarily going to change we hope that our safety advice is taken on board to prevent future incidents of a similar nature."

Firefighters have been visiting other residents within the sheltered accommodation since the fire on Monday night, offering fire safety advice and carrying out free Home Fire Risk Checks.

Keith added: "We understand that a fire affects a multitude of people and we are offering support to the staff at Berryhill Retirement Village as well as the other residents.

"If anyone would like a free Home Fire Risk Check, no matter what age you are or where in Staffordshire you live, you can book one by calling 0800 0241 999. Help us to help keep you safe in your home."