A fire which has left the first floor of a property on Uxbridge Street in Burton severely damaged is believed to have started accidentally.
"We would like to remind people to ensure they have working smoke alarms, as this property did not so the fire could have gone unnoticed for even longer."
Station Manager, Andy Kinsman
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been unable to identify an exact cause; however the fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Station Manager, Andy Kinsman said: “A fire investigation has been carried out however despite thorough investigations and having spoken with the occupiers, who have also been unable to shed any light on possible causes, we’re unable to pinpoint exactly what started this fire.
“It had obviously been smouldering for some time and then when the occupants arrived home and introduced more oxygen to the room by opening doors within the house, this caused the fire to intensify very quickly.
“We would like to remind people to ensure they have working smoke alarms, as this property did not so the fire could have gone unnoticed for even longer. Simply pushing the button on your smoke alarms once a week could save your life; we would also remind people that smoke alarms should be fitted on every level of the home and in the event of a fire you should get out, stay out and call 999.”