Firefighters have tackled a severe blaze that broke out at a block of flats in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent.
"This was a severe fire that tragically cost the life of an elderly lady in one of the flats. The fire was quickly brought under control. However, due to the spread of the smoke, the entire building had to be evacuated."
Group Manager Ian Sloss
Crews rescued one female occupant from the ground floor apartment on Ripon Road and she was taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire. Sadly, she later died of her injuries.
A man in the neighbouring flat was also rescued after the fire spread to his property. He was treated at the scene by paramedics.
The Service was alerted to the incident, which was confined to the living room, at 10am yesterday and crews arrived three minutes later.
Two engines from Longton and one from Hanley used four breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to put out the fire.
The building was evacuated while firefighters tackled the blaze but residents were allowed back into their homes later that day.
The last engine left the scene at 6.01pm and the cause of the fire is still being investigated but is not thought to be suspicious.
Group Manager Ian Sloss said: “This was a severe fire that tragically cost the life of an elderly lady in one of the flats. The fire was quickly brought under control. However, due to the spread of the smoke, the entire building had to be evacuated.
“Unfortunately, the property did not have any smoke alarms fitted. I would urge everyone to ensure they have smoke detectors in their home and to test them regularly to check that they are in good working order. This safety device could save your life.”
People can book a Home Fire Risk Check (HFRC) by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp
During a free HFRC, firefighters or technicians will check every room in the property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they will try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire.