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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Lichfield

22/05/2012

A women and two children were taken to hospital following a house fire on Stychbrook Gardens, Lichfield on Saturday morning.

“We believe the fire was started accidentally due to a tea towel that had been left close to an electric lamp causing it to overheat and ignite. "

Station Manager Toby Wilson.

The call was received at 5.54am reporting the incident.

Lichfield and Chase Terrace firefighters arrived at the property and discovered the lounge on the ground floor well alight.

The property was fitted with working smoke alarms which activated. Three female casualties had made their way out of the house before the arrival of the fire crews.

All three had suffered mild smoke inhalation and were taken to the Queens Hospital in Burton by land ambulance.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.

The fire has caused severe damage to the lounge.

Station Manager, Toby Wilson said: “We believe the fire was started accidentally due to a tea towel that had been left close to an electric lamp causing it to overheat and ignite. 18 months ago we had a similar incident near to Lichfield in which a lamp had been placed too closely to bedding, which resulted in the death of an elderly man. It’s really important to ensure that material items aren’t placed too close to or on top of lamps as this incident has highlighted.”

The incident was closed at 8.48am.