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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Cigarette Causes Shed Blaze

26/03/2012

Crews from Longton and Newcastle were called to a fire involving a shed in the rear garden of a property on Barlaston Old Road in Trentham late Friday night.

"We would urge smokers to ensure they properly extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them."

Station Manager, Mick Daniels

The occupants of the house had gone to bed but had not yet fallen asleep when they heard bangs coming from outside. They went to investigate and discovered their shed well alight and so alerted the fire service at around 10.55pm.

Firefighters arrived as the fire was beginning to spread to the house and tackled it using hose reel jets to prevent it spreading any further.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: "The fire has destroyed a shed and caused some external damage to the eaves and windows of the house. The fire was caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette which eventually ignited dry leaves and debris underneath the shed.

"We would urge smokers to ensure they properly extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them and they also need to dispose of them appropriately, using a non-combustible contained such as a metal bucket.

"The occupants of the affected property are very lucky that they happened to still be awake when the fire broke out as they had no working smoke alarms fitted in the property.

"Firefighters fitted them with working alarms before leaving and returned to neighbouring properties over the weekend, several of which also did not have any working smoke alarms.

"The fire was an accident and luckily no one was injured however the outcome could have been very different – we cannot stress enough how important working smoke alarms are. If you don’t have working smoke alarms, you can call us for free on 0800 0241 999 and we’ll come out to you and fit you brand new smoke alarms free of charge.

"There is no valid reason for anyone not to have working smoke alarms so please contact us and let us know if you don’t have any fitted."