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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Washing Machine Fire in Blurton

24/08/2012

A washing machine left turned on whilst the occupant was out has caused a kitchen fire in Blurton last night.

"We urge people never to leave appliances such as washing machines turned on and in use when you are not home, they should not be in use overnight either whilst you’re asleep."

Station Manager, Mark Wilson

Two crews from Longton were alerted to the incident on Sunnycroft Avenue by a neighbour of the affected house at just before 5.30pm last night.

The neighbour had heard smoke alarms operating next door and went to investigate; on smelling smoke he called the fire service.

Station Manager, Mark Wilson said: "The occupant was not home at the time but she did return whilst we were still in attendance. The fire was contained to the washing machine but the kitchen has been badly damaged by smoke.

"We urge people never to leave appliances such as washing machines turned on and in use when you are not home, they should not be in use overnight either whilst you’re asleep.

"These types of incidents are not uncommon and are avoidable simply by only using washing machines and similar appliances when you are home and can react to an incident, should one occur.

"Luckily the woman did have working smoke alarms which have alerted a vigilant neighbour and prevented a more serious incident."

Crews left the scene at 8.32pm.