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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Dishwasher Fire in Cannock

30/10/2012

Crews from Cannock and West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service attended a dishwasher fire at a property on Long Lane in Cannock this morning.

"Due to the early detection and warning from the smoke alarms all three occupants were able to safely get out of the house."

Station Manager, Mick Jahn

A fire broke out in the dishwasher at around 8.23am this morning after a female occupant of the house turned the appliance on and then went to work, leaving three teenage males asleep in the house.

The eldest son was awoken by smoke alarms sounding and the family dog barking and so went to investigate.

On discovering a fire in the kitchen, he shut the door then went to wake his brothers. All three males safely evacuated themselves and the pet dog before calling the fire service.

Station Manager, Mick Jahn said: "Due to the early detection and warning from the smoke alarms all three occupants were able to safely get out of the house. Had there been no early warning, they could have been trapped.

"The eldest lad also had the presence of mind to close the kitchen door, which helped to contain the fire in the kitchen and minimise smoke damage to the property.

"Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the fire before using a specialist fan to ventilate the kitchen. It’s safe to say that smoke alarms have saved the lives of these brothers and we would remind residents that smoke alarms should be tested weekly to ensure they work.

"We would also encourage people to only use appliances such as dishwashers when someone is home and awake so that if a fire does break out whoever is in the house has the best chance to react quickly and evacuate safely."