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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bathroom Fire in Little Haywood

02/09/2009

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to an incident at a bungalow on Pinewood Drive in Little Haywood at 7.10am this morning.

Crews from Stafford and Cannock attended the incident which involved a fire in the bathroom area of the detached bungalow. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and ventilated the property.

The two elderly occupants who were inside the property at the time of the fire were alerted to the incident by operating smoke alarms and were led to safety by neighbours. The two occupants were then treated at the scene by paramedics however they did not attend hospital.  Crews also used the thermal imagery camera to ensure the fire had not spread after smoke was issuing from the roof space.

The incident, which caused fire damage to the bathroom and smoke damage to the first floor, is believed to have been caused accidentally due to a discarded cigarette left in the bathroom.

“People shouldn’t underestimate the dangers associated with smoking in the home if cigarettes aren’t properly extinguished.”

Group Manager Phil McFarlane

Group Manager Phil McFarlane said: “This incident highlights the importance of having operating smoke alarms inside of homes, had  the occupants not have been alerted to the fire and led to safety by their neighbours as quickly as they were we could have been looking at a much more serious incident this morning.

“We would advise people who smoke inside of their homes to ensure that their cigarettes are always properly discarded before leaving the room and that they always use a proper ashtray that can’t tip over. People shouldn’t underestimate the dangers associated with smoking in the home if cigarettes aren’t properly extinguished.”

The incident closed at 8.45am.