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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire in Burton

14/09/2009

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to ensure that their cigarettes are put out, right out following an incident in Horninglow, Burton last night.

Two crews from Burton were called to a house fire on Craven Street, Horninglow shortly before 11.10pm last night. The fire, which was out on arrival, is believed to have been caused accidentally due to a cigarette which had not been properly discarded. Firefighters attended the incident and ventilated the property.

One male, who was alerted to the fire by operating smoke alarms, was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Firefighters.

Group Manager, Del Roberts said: Fires caused by smoking materials are the biggest killers in accidental house fires. We would urge smokers who smoke in their home, to ensure that their smoking materials are always discarded of properly before leaving the room and to take extra care when you’re tired as it’s very easy to fall asleep and leave your cigarette burning.

“We would also like to remind people about the importance of having operating smoke alarms on each level of your home. Luckily the occupant in this incident was alerted to the fire by smoke alarms – they really are life savers. If you would like to arrange a home fire risk check which involves a Firefighter or Service Technician visiting your home to fit life saving equipment such as smoke alarms please contact our FREEPHONE number  0800 0241 999.”

Crews left the incident at 1am.