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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Lady Rescued from House Fire

11/02/2013

A woman in her 70s was rescued from a house fire at her Newton Hurst Lane home in Abbots Bromley on Friday night.

"To have two very similar incidents so close together is worrying and we would urge people to take the necessary precautions to stay safe from fire in their home."

Station Manager, Jim Bywater

Firefighters from Abbots Bromley, Rugeley and Stafford were called to the property at 7.11pm.

The woman was still inside the house when firefighters arrived and had to be led to safety. A fire was in progress in the living room involving the sofa and some clothing.

Station Manager, Jim Bywater said: “It was a relatively small fire however there was a lot of smoke and the entire house was heavily smoke logged. Firefighters dealt with the fire whilst paramedics treated the woman for smoke inhalation; she was taken to hospital for further treatment as a precaution.

“Smoke alarms had alerted the woman to the fire but she had not managed to get out. The alarms are also linked to First Call which automatically alerted them as well.

“It appears the woman had been drying clothing too close to an electric fire and these items caught fire. It was lucky that we were alerted when we were as given the amount of smoke in the house, we could have been dealing with a fatal fire had we not had the early warning, and that is thanks to working smoke alarms.

“We had a similar incident just last week in Tamworth where a flat was destroyed after a man left clothing drying too close to an electric fire. We would urge people to ensure they don’t place any combustible materials, such as clothing and furniture, too close to fires or heaters.

“To have two very similar incidents so close together is worrying and we would urge people to take the necessary precautions to stay safe from fire in their home. If anyone is unsure about anything or needs some advice, they can call us for free on 0800 0241 999 and we can help.”