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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hotel Fire in Birches Head

16/05/2012

Fire and rescue crews from Sandyford, Hanley and Burslem were called to a fire at the Birches Head Hotel last night.

 

“The fire quickly spread as the internal doors were left open. We’d urge people to close doors in any building as this does help to contain the fire and smoke. Unfortunately the inside of the building has been badly damaged as a result of the incident.”

Station Manager David Agu.

The call was received just before 10pm reporting the incident on Birches Head Road.

The incident involved a fire in the ground floor kitchen of the public house, the fire quickly spread upstairs to the living accommodation.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two main jets and two hose reel jets to tackle the fire.

Station Manager, David Agu said: “New occupants had recently moved into the hotel and they were testing the kitchen appliances when one of them accidentally ignited. The occupier tried to extinguish the fire himself, but was driven back due to the intensity of the fire.

“The fire quickly spread the internal doors were left open. We’d urge people to close doors in any building as this does help to contain the fire and smoke. Unfortunately the inside of the building has been badly damaged as a result of the incident.”

There were several customers inside the hotel when the fire started. They all evacuated the building before the arrival of the fire crews.

Firefighters remained at the scene overnight damping down hot spots and left the scene at 7.17am.