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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Man Hospitalised Following House Fire

14/09/2012

A 90-year-old man has been hospitalised following a blaze involving an electric fire at his home on Grangewood Road in Meir in the early hours of this morning.

"If you’re concerned about an elderly family member, friend or neighbour you can contact us with their permission on their behalf and arrange a free visit that could just save their life."

Station Manager, Ian Housley

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service had carried out a free Home Fire Risk Check at the property in July last where it was recommended assisted technology was fitted and linked to the smoke alarms.

Crews from Longton and Hanley were alerted to the incident at 1.05am this morning and arrived to find the property heavily smoke logged.

Firefighters gave the elderly man oxygen therapy and he was then transported to hospital for further treatment.

Station Manager, Ian Housley said: "The man managed to ask for the fire service when his smoke alarms automatically alerted the lifeline facility installed in his home.

"It appears he forgot that he doesn’t have a coal fire and after feeling cold late last night, decided to light a fire, thinking the coals were real. We believe he lit some paper and put it on top of the plastic coals which eventually set fire to the display, causing heavy smoke logging.

"Luckily the smoke alarms activated quickly and alerted lifeline and we were able to get to the man before the fire become too serious. There was a lot of smoke damage but thankfully the man was not affected too seriously and his pet dog was also safely removed from the house.

"We would urge anyone who has not had a free Home Fire Risk Check, particularly the elderly members of our community, to call us for free on 0800 0241 999 and book one now.

"Alternatively, if you’re concerned about an elderly family member, friend or neighbour you can contact us with their permission on their behalf and arrange a free visit that could just save their life."

Firefighters ventilated the property before leaving the incident at 4.42am this morning.