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Cause of Weston Coyney House Fire Revealed

18/04/2012

A house fire which hospitalised two children started accidentally due to an electrical fault Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed.

"We would urge people to ensure they are not overloading plug sockets and advise against using multiple extension plugs with one plug socket."

Station Manager, David Agu

The fire spread through the roof space of two semi-detached properties on Coupe Drive at around 12.40am on Sunday morning.

Firefighters arrived to find nine people, including two children, waiting outside and were met with a severe blaze.

Station Manager, David Agu said: "The fire was well-developed and had gone into the roof space of the property on our arrival. It has also begun to spread into next door’s house so both families were evacuated.

"The fire has damaged both properties and we believe started due to an electrical fault with either the TV or a digital box which were left on standby and plugged into multiple extension leads.

"We would urge people to ensure they are not overloading plug sockets and advise against using multiple extension plugs with one plug socket. We also encourage people to turn off electrical items when they are not in use –fully off at the plug socket, not just on standby.

"Items like fridges and freezers of course need to be left plugged in and turned on at all times however TVs, game consoles, mobile phone chargers and such should not be left plugged in and turned on or on standby."