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Call for Domestic Sprinklers after fire in Mobile Home

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reinforcing its call for sprinklers to be installed in domestic properties, following a serious fire in a mobile home in the early hours of today.

A 75-year-old woman, who has yet to be formally identified, was pronounced dead at the scene which was a mobile home static site in St Christopher’s Drive, Kettlebrook, Tamworth.  

Chris Enness, Deputy Chief Officer, said: “Our thoughts are with this lady’s family and friends.

“This tragic incident shows yet again there is a real need for sprinklers to be installed in domestic properties. The mobile home did have a smoke alarm fitted but because this type of unit has a timber frame, a fire is able to take hold far more quickly and burn more fiercely than it would in a traditional brick-built property.

“We have yet to understand fully what led up to this tragedy and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of national evidence to show that where sprinkler systems are installed in domestic homes, they not only suppress or even extinguish a fire, they give any occupants a far greater opportunity to get out safely and prevent damage to both the property and the environment.” 

A 75-year-old woman, who has yet to be formally identified, was pronounced dead at the scene which was a mobile home static site in St Christopher’s Drive, Kettlebrook, Tamworth.  

Chris Enness, Deputy Chief Officer, said: “Our thoughts are with this lady’s family and friends.

“This tragic incident shows yet again there is a real need for sprinklers to be installed in domestic properties. The mobile home did have a smoke alarm fitted but because this type of unit has a timber frame, a fire is able to take hold far more quickly and burn more fiercely than it would in a traditional brick-built property.

“We have yet to understand fully what led up to this tragedy and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of national evidence to show that where sprinkler systems are installed in domestic homes, they not only suppress or even extinguish a fire, they give any occupants a far greater opportunity to get out safely and prevent damage to both the property and the environment.” 

Emergency services were alerted at 00.45 this morning and on arrival at the site found the single -storey mobile home well alight.  Fire crews from Tamworth, Stafford and Lichfield attended, together with two appliances from Warwickshire Fire Service. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the blaze using hose reel jets and finally left the scene shortly before 4am. 

In February, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service welcomed recommendations
made by the Southampton and New Forest Coroner for sprinklers to be fitted to all high rise homes  – and called for them to go further to include all new build accommodation, irrespective of height, plus the retro-fitting of sprinklers in the homes of vulnerable people, including residential care homes.