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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House Fire on Birks Street in Stoke

26/11/2012

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Newcastle attended a house fire on Birks Street in Stoke yesterday evening.

“We would urge people not to use chip pans, particularly when they may be under the influence of alcohol as it is very easy to forget about them or fall asleep."

Station Manager Brian Griffiths.

The call was received at 7.30pm reporting the incident.

Firefighters arrived at the incident to find a severe fire in the downstairs kitchen of the property, which had spread to the lounge and a first floor bedroom.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire which took around two hours due to severity of fire.

Two male occupants were alerted to the fire by an activating smoke alarm and they made their way out of the house prior to the arrival of the crews.

The fire was caused due to a chip pan that had been left unattended.

Station Manager Brian Griffiths said: “We would urge people not to use chip pans, particularly when they may be under the influence of alcohol as it is very easy to forget about them or fall asleep.

“Fortunately on this occasion nobody was hurt but the occupants have had to find alternative accommodation for the evening due to the kitchen and lounge being destroyed by the fire.”
 
Crews remained at the scene for several hours damping down.

The incident was closed at 11pm.