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Firefighters tackle blaze at block of flats in Stafford

17/06/2013

Firefighters have tackled a blaze which broke out at a block of flats in Stafford in the early hours of this morning.

“This was an extremely serious incident which put the lives of the residents, most of whom were sleeping, and the firefighters at risk. It is incredibly lucky that nobody was hurt as a result of the fire.”

Watch Manager Gary Fox

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the incident at Hawksmoor Road, Rising Brook, after a resident noticed flames when going downstairs to collect a takeaway.

Crews from Stafford, Rising Brook and Penkridge attended the fire at 12.43am. They used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the flames.

It is thought that the blaze started in the communal area of the block of six flats.

All of the residents were successfully evacuated from the building and nobody was seriously hurt as a result of the incident.

Eight adults and four children were, however, treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics. Fire crews left the scene at approximately 4am.

Watch Manager Gary Fox said: “This was an extremely serious incident which put the lives of the residents, most of whom were sleeping, and the firefighters at risk. It is incredibly lucky that nobody was hurt as a result of the fire.

“Investigations are currently underway and we will be working closely with the police to determine the cause of the fire.”

Anyone with information should call Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 quoting incident number 27 of June 17.

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.