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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Accidental Fire Destroys Flat

06/02/2013

A flat on Chaucer Close in Tamworth was destroyed by an accidental fire at the weekend.

"We would advise people using clothes horses to keep the clothing well away from any heat sources to be on the safe side."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

Tamworth firefighters were called to the property at 4.13am on February 3 by the occupant of a neighbouring flat.

On arrival, the occupant of the affected flat was already outside but suffering from smoke inhalation. He was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: “The man had been out for a drink and on returning home turned an electric fire on. It would appear he also used the fire to dry clothing hanging on a clothes horse and we believe the fire started after the clothing caught fire due to it being too close to the electric fire.

“The property did have smoke alarms fitted and the man managed to evacuate himself, however we advise people not to leave any heating appliances turned on and unattended and not to place any combustible materials, such as clothing, too close to fires or heaters.

“Radiated heat can cause a fire to break out so whilst you may think clothing is an adequate distance away, it could still catch fire. We would advise people using clothes horses to keep the clothing well away from any heat sources to be on the safe side. This fire has destroyed the flat and the occupant has been unable to return home.”

Crews left the scene at 6.53am.