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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Lady Rescued from Fenton House Fire

07/11/2012

A 93-year-old lady was led to safety by firefighters following a house fire at her Victoria Road home in Fenton last night.

"People should acknowledge this incident as a reminder to themselves to go and test their smoke alarms to ensure they work."

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths

Crews from Longton and Hanley were called to the terraced property at 10.12pm after a neighbour alerted the Fire Service to the incident.

The neighbour had heard smoke alarms operating next door so went to investigate and saw lots of smoke but could not raise the occupier.

Firefighters forced entry and found the elderly lady standing in the living room. They led her to safety and she was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

Station Manager, Brian Griffiths said: “The lady had been heating milk on the stove, as she does every night to make a hot drink, however last night she forgot she had left the milk warming on the hob.

“The milk burned and created a lot of acrid smoke in the kitchen, which triggered smoke alarms we fitted earlier this year during a Home Fire Risk Check. This alerted the neighbours to the incident however the occupant became confused and didn’t know what to do she didn’t come to the door.

“This incidents highlights the importance of working smoke alarms, as it is often neighbours who alert us to smoke alarms activating in neighbouring properties, which still gives us an early warning to an incident.

“People should acknowledge this incident as a reminder to themselves to go and test their smoke alarms to ensure they work, or perhaps if you know someone elderly who may be unable to test their own smoke alarms, offer to do it for them.

“Thankfully due to working smoke alarms and a vigilant neighbour this lady is ok and has been discharged from hospital. We will be going back to visit the lady to see if there is anything else we can do to help her stay safe in her home.

“Firefighters will also be visiting nearby properties to offer fire safety advice and free Home Fire Risk Checks.”