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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety Warning Following Flat Fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to be extra careful when using tea lights. 

“Candles and tea lights should not be placed too close to any combustible materials and people should ensure that they are extinguished before they leave the room. We would like to encourage anybody who does not have a working smoke alarm to ensure they contact the fire service on 0800 0241 999 and request a free home fire risk check.”

Station Manager Ed Case.

 

The warning comes following an incident that happened yesterday morning in Middleport.

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Sandyford were called to a flat fire at 8.44am.

The fire was reported by a neighbour who saw smoke coming from the first floor flat.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.

One male occupant had made his way out of the property before the arrival of the fire crews.

The fire had started due to tea lights that were left unattended.

There were no working smoke alarms fitted in the property. Fortunately a neighbour who saw smoke coming from the flat alerted the occupant to the fire.

Station Manager Ed Case said: “We strongly encourage people to place tea lights on a suitable flat surface in an appropriate holder that is stable.

“Candles and tea lights should not be placed too close to any combustible materials and people should ensure that they are extinguished before they leave the room.

“We would like to encourage anybody who does not have a working smoke alarm to ensure they contact the fire service on 0800 0241 999 and request a free home fire risk check.”

The male occupant was taken to hospital by land ambulance for precautionary checks and firefighters left the scene at 10am.