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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire at YMCA in Burton

17/09/2009

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to dispose of cigarette ends correctly.

The incident involved a fire in a ground floor flat. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the blaze and searched all three floors of the building for possible casualties. 

Assistant Area Commander, Brian Griffiths said: “We strongly encourage people living in multi occupied premises to respond, on every occasion to the sounding of fire and smoke alarms when they have been activated. Never assume that it’s a false alarm as this could prove fatal. It is also extremely important that occupants know their escape route should they need to exit the building in the event of a fire.”

"We strongly encourage people living in multi occupied premises to respond, on every occasion to the sounding of fire and smoke alarms when they have been activated."

Assistant Area Commander, Brian Griffiths

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental due to a cigarette that had not been disposed of properly.

The flat suffered significant fire damage and all three floors of the building were affected by smoke damage.