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Safety warning to parents over matches and lighters

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning parents to keep matches and lighters out of reach of children following a spate of house fires.

"With children being at home due to the school holidays, it is more vital than ever to ensure smoking paraphernalia is not left lying around."

Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction.

Crews have attended three blazes which are believed to have been started by young people playing with matches and lighters since July.

The most recent fire was started in the bedroom of a house on Woodlands Road in Stafford. 

The call was received at 7.25pm on August 15. Firefighters from Eccleshall and Rising Brook wore breathing apparatus and used the hose reel jet to tackle the blaze.

A previous fire took place on Douglas Road in Stafford on July 9. The fire broke out at 8.12pm in the hallway of the property.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze.

The previous day a fire was started at a first floor flat on Normacot Road in Longton.

Crews from Hanley and Longton attended the incident which was reported at 7.55pm.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets and a main jet to tackle the blaze. Several people were evacuated from the property. 

The cause of all three fires is believed to be children playing with matches and lighters. 

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “I would strongly urge parents to keep matches and lighters well out of the reach of children. At best the consequence could be damage to property, as in these recent cases, but at worst they could be potentially life threatening. With children being at home due to the school holidays, it is more vital than ever to ensure smoking paraphernalia is not left lying around.”