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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man is rescued following flat fire

09/12/2013

Firefighters rescued a man after a blaze broke out in his flat in the early hours of this morning.

"A male was rescued by firefighters and had a very lucky escape. If it was not for his neighbours calling 999 after smelling smoke, the outcome could have been very different. I cannot stress enough how vital it is to be alert when you are cooking."

Prevention manager for the north of the county Donna Broadhead

Two crews from Leek and the aerial ladder platform from Stafford attended the incident at 1.46am.    

They had to force entry into the property in Britannia Street, Leek, in order to rescue the occupant.

The crews used two breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to put the fire out.  They left the scene at 2.36am.

The blaze started in the kitchen and was caused by burning food.

Donna Broadhead, Prevention manager for the north of the county, said: "The fire at Britannia Street was severe and caused a great deal of damage to the flat.

"A male was rescued by firefighters and had a very lucky escape. If it was not for his neighbours calling 999 after smelling smoke, the outcome could have been very different. I cannot stress enough how vital it is to be alert when you are cooking. If you are not paying full attention to what you are doing, the consequences can be absolutely devastating and potentially life threatening."

The Service has been called to a spate of kitchen fires in the last fortnight.  
 
The first incident happened at Tyler Grove in Burslem on November 28.

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Sandyford attended the incident, which involved a chip pan fire at a three storey building, at 10.44pm.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and rescued two people.

The occupants had started to cook chips in a chip pan and then went upstairs leaving the cooking unattended. The pan overheated and ignited.

Another call was received on November 29 at 8.45pm reporting a fire at a semi-detached property on Crestwood Road in Meir.

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Longton were called to the property to find a chip pan that was on fire.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and led one female out to safety. The fire was extinguished using one hose reel jet.

Two further people suffered smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

There were no smoke alarms fitted at the property, therefore firefighters fitted some before they left the scene.

A third call was received at 2.08pm on December 1 reporting a fire at a house on Chatsworth Drive in Norton Green.

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Sandyford were called to the incident which involved a chip pan that was alight.

An elderly lady had been cooking chips and forgotten to turn off the chip pan, causing it to overheat and catch fire.

There were no working smoke alarms fitted in the property, fortunately the occupants noticed the fire and were able to call 999.

The fire was contained to the kitchen which was severely damaged by smoke.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers all residents in the county a free Home Fire Risk Check which involves a member of staff visiting their home to help identify any potential fire risks, draw up an escape plan and install free smoke alarms where needed.

To book a free check, visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website or call 0800 0241 999 to arrange a suitable time and date. Both male and female personnel carry out Home Fire Risk Checks so if you have a personal preference this can be requested when making an appointment.