Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to make sure that they have working smoke alarms fitted in their home.
“Smoke alarms save lives, they alert people to a fire at the earliest opportunity allowing them a chance to get out of the property. There is absolutely no excuse to not have smoke alarms, as we offer a free home fire risk check which includes the fitting of smoke alarms free of charge.”
Station Manager Jim Bywater.
The warning comes following an incident that happened on Sunday afternoon in Rugeley.
Fire and rescue crews from Rugeley and Tamworth attended the incident at 3.15pm on Cambrian Lane which involved a kitchen fire.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.
They isolated the gas and electrics inside the property and then ventilated the house using a large specialist fan.
Firefighters found two cats in an upstairs bedroom and reunited them with their owner.
The fire had been caused due to an electrical item that was possibly faulty or had overheated. The fire then spread to surrounding kitchen furniture.
The occupier was out when the fire started, she returned home to find the fire and called the fire and rescue service.
Station Manager Jim Bywater said: “We cannot stress enough the importance of working smoke alarms.
“Both this property and the one next door were not fitted with smoke alarms.
“Had there have been working smoking alarms fitted, the fire may have been detected sooner resulting in less smoke damage to the house.
“Fortunately this fire happened during the day. If it had happened during the night when the occupant was asleep we may be reporting a far more serious incident.
“Smoke alarms save lives, they alert people to a fire at the earliest opportunity allowing them a chance to get out of the property.
“There is absolutely no excuse to not have smoke alarms, as we offer a free home fire risk check which includes the fitting of smoke alarms free of charge.”
“Anyone interested in a home fire risk check should call 0800 0241 999.”
The incident was closed at 6.15pm.