Firefighters have issued a warning to Leek residents following a tumble dryer fire on Abbots Road in Leek yesterday.
"Our advice is if you have a fire in the home, get out and close the doors behind you if it is possible and safe to do so and then stay out."
Station Manager, Dave Steele
Crews were called to the house at 3.15pm and found an elderly woman in her 70s still inside and suffering from smoke inhalation. The property had no working smoke alarms.
She was escorted outside and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet. They then removed the tumble dryer from the property and an ambulance was called to take the woman to hospital for further checks.
Station Manager, Dave Steele said: "The property had no working smoke alarms and the occupier only realised there was a fire by luck. She did not evacuate the premises on discovery of the fire, which we urge people to do immediately on the detection of any fire, whatever the size.
"Our advice is if you have a fire in the home, get out and close the doors behind you if it is possible and safe to do so and then stay out. Call us as soon as you can and we will come and deal with the fire safely- please put your safety first.
"The fire started accidentally, most likely due to a build-up of fluff in the filter of the tumble dryer. It is important to check your tumble dryer filters for any debris build-up before each use and remove any lint and fluff to reduce the risk of fire."
Crews will be returning the area over the next few days to speak to local residents about fire safety and offering free Home Fire Risk Checks, where they can check if there are working smoke alarms in the properties and if not, fit new ones for free.
Dave added: "Working smoke alarms are essential in every home in Staffordshire and there is no reason why anyone should not have them because we provide them for free.
"All we ask is that you push the button once a week to make sure your alarms are still working. This simple test could save your life if you have a fire in the home."