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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hair Straighteners Cause Flat Fire

14/03/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to turn hair straighteners off when they’re not in use following an incident yesterday in Bucknall.

“We urge people to make sure they have turned off all electrical appliances when they have finished using them and before the leaving the house. "

Group Manager Brian Griffiths

Fire and rescue crews from Longton and Hanley were called to a fire at a flat in Ruxley Court on Ruxley Road at 11.13am on Tuesday.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. Two female occupants had made their way out of the property before the arrival of the fire crews.

The fire had started due to hair straighteners that had been left switched on next to various items including clothing, causing them to catch fire.

Group Manager, Brian Griffiths said: “We urge people to make sure they have turned off all electrical appliances when they have finished using them and before the leaving the house.

“Electrical items such as hair straighteners, irons or heaters should not be placed near to combustible items which are likely to overheat and catch fire. We would also advise people not to use such appliances when they are under the influence of alcohol as it is very easy to forget that they are switched on or they may even fall asleep.

“Fortunately the property was fitted with a working smoke alarm which activated alerting the occupants to the fire and giving them enough time to get out safely.”

Residents in the adjacent flats also had to be evacuated for their own safety.

The casualties were treated for smoke inhalation by fire crews before being taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by land ambulance for a precautionary check.

The fire caused damage to the carpet and contents of the flat.  The remainder of the building was smoke damaged.

Firefighters remained at the scene for around an hour and the incident was closed at 12.18pm.