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Iron causes house fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to ensure electrical appliances are safely switched off following a serious house fire in Norton.

"The family were alerted early to the fire by a smoke alarm and they did the most sensible thing which was to get out of the property to safety and call 999."  

Ed Case, Station Manager.

The first-floor of a terraced house in Borrowdale Road was badly damaged by fire, smoke and water after a pile of clothing left near to an iron in a bedroom ignited. 

Crews from Burslem, Newcastle and Hanley attended the incident shortly after 3pm on Saturday, November 9. On arrival, the bedroom was well alight and two firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the flames. 

Station Manager Ed Case, said: “This incident shows how quickly an ordinary everyday task such as ironing can turn into a potential tragedy. Fortunately, the family were alerted early to the fire by a smoke alarm and they did the most sensible thing which was to get out of the property to safety and call 999.  

“People are sometimes tempted to have a go at putting out a fire themselves but this is very dangerous and could cost them their life. We always advise people to get out, stay out, and call 999.” 

He added that the fire severely damaged the first floor and loft space of the house but firefighters were able to stop the flames spreading to neighbouring properties. 

“We would urge everyone to ensure electrical items such as irons and hair straighteners are always safely turned off when not in use and are placed on a heat-proof surface to cool down. In this instance, the iron was old and it appears that it did not cut out when it reached a certain temperature. The cause of the fire was accidental ignition.”

Firefighters left the scene at around 6pm. 

The incident follows a serious bedroom fire in Knypersley on October 21 caused after hair straighteners left on at the socket ignited.     

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Risk Checks to anyone who lives in Staffordshire. Firefighters or technicians visit people in their homes, offer safety advice, help them plan an escape route and fit free smoke alarms.

Call Freephone 0800 0241 999 for more details and to arrange a convenient time for a home check. All members of staff carry an identity card.