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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

No Working Smoke Alarms at Lichfield House

14/08/2012

A Lichfield man and woman had a lucky escape from a kitchen fire on Stowe Street in Lichfield after the man left cooking unattended on Sunday afternoon.

"It is essential to have working smoke alarms otherwise you may not realise there is a fire before it’s too late."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

Two crews from Lichfield were called to the incident at 1.22pm and on arrival found a severe fire in progress in the kitchen.

The man had smelled smoke and managed to shut the door to the kitchen before he and his mother evacuated and called the fire service.

Firefighters used hose reel jets to tackle the fire which has left the kitchen fire and smoke damaged.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: "It was very lucky that the man and his mother managed to get out safely, as he was not in the kitchen when the food caught fire and only realised a fire was in progress when he smelled smoke.

"The property did have two smoke alarms fitted however the batteries had been removed from both, so they did not work.

"It is essential to have working smoke alarms otherwise you may not realise there is a fire before it’s too late. We will come and fit smoke alarms free of charge and all we ask in return is that you test them once a week to make sure they’re working.

"If you have any problems with smoke alarms that we have fitted, or that you have fitted yourself, you can call us for free advice on 0800 0241 999 and if required, we will arrange to come out to your property and ensure you’re as safe as possible from fire."

Firefighters left the scene at 4.05pm; the man did not require any hospital treatment.