Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the dangers of unsafe electrical equipment.
“This fire was caused due to a portable electric bar fire that had been incorrectly wired with another appliance into one, single plug. The cable had overheated, melted and then caught fire. "
Station Manager Brian Griffiths.
The warning comes following an incident that fire crews attended over the weekend that was caused due to an electrical fault.
The call was received at 4.34pm last Friday evening reporting the fire at a flat on Sunny Bank in Middleport.
Fire and rescue crews from Sandyford and Burslem attended the incident.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet.
Station Manager Brian Griffiths said: “This fire was caused due to a portable electric bar fire that had been incorrectly wired with another appliance into one, single plug. The cable had overheated, melted and then caught fire.
“We strongly recommend that people use a qualified electrician to adjust or repair their electrical equipment and ensure that correctly rated fuses are fitted to their appliances.
“Anybody who has any concerns over electrical safety in their home should contact the fire service on 0800 0241 999 to ask for a FREE Home fire Risk Check.”
One male occupant made his way out of the property before calling the fire service, however, he was given oxygen therapy at the scene by fire crews due to smoke inhalation and attended hospital as a precaution.
The fire caused extensive damage to the fireplace and severe smoke damage throughout the remainder of the property.
Firefighters left the scene at 6.30pm