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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Crews tackle house fire in Fradley

07/01/2014

Firefighters have tackled a blaze which broke out at a house in Fradley.

"This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the house and, had the lady not been alerted to the fire by her smoke alarms, the consequences could have been very different. That is why is it is absolutely vital that people check their detectors on a regular basis to ensure they are in good working order, should an emergency occur."

Station Manager Andy Oakley

One crew from Barton-under-Needwood and one from Burton attended the incident at Jordan Close yesterday.

They used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to put out the fire which was confined to the dining room.

Investigations show that it started when a pair of curtains was set alight by the heat from a nearby standard lamp. The cause was accidental ignition.

The female occupant was alerted to the blaze after her smoke alarms were activated.

Both she and a baby were taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton as a precaution after suffering from smoke inhalation.

The Service was alerted to the fire at 4.42pm and left the scene at 6.18pm.

Station Manager Andy Oakley said: "This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the house and, had the lady not been alerted to the fire by her smoke alarms, the consequences could have been very different. That is why is it is absolutely vital that people check their detectors on a regular basis to ensure they are in good working order, should an emergency occur.

"I would also urge people to think very carefully about where they position electrical items and avoid putting them by any kind of fabric. The halogen bulbs that are now used in standard lamps are very powerful, much more so than the old light bulbs, and they can reach tremendous temperatures. A bit of extra planning or rearranging of a room could end up saving your life."

He added that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offered 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 and install free smoke alarms where needed.

To book a free check, visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website at www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk 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.

All firefighters and service technicians carry an I.D card and travel in Service vehicles.

Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.