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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle early morning house fire in Tamworth

19/02/2014

Firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out at a Tamworth house in the early hours of Monday morning.

"Luckily this elderly couple had previously taken us up on our offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check and it was the detectors that we fitted that alerted them to the blaze, potentially saving their lives." 

Group Manager Tim Hyde

The elderly man and woman who were in the property at the time managed to escape after smoke alarms, fitted by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, alerted them to the situation.

Engines from Tamworth and Tamworth Mercia attended the Claremont Road incident at 1.06am.

Crews used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. They then used a large specialist fan to assist with the removal of smoke from the property. Firefighters left the scene at 2.06am and the couple was taken to Good Hope Hospital by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation.

It is thought that the fire started accidently in the bathroom following an electrical fault in the shower unit, which caused the curtain and a small section of carpet to set alight.

Group Manager Tim Hyde said: “Luckily this elderly couple had previously taken us up on our offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check and it was the detectors that we fitted that alerted them to the blaze, potentially saving their lives.

“This incident demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt just how vital it is to have working smoke alarms in your home and testing them on a regular a basis. I would also urge people who have older or vulnerable neighbours, friends or family members to check their smoke if they are unable to do so themselves.”

Anyone concerned about fire safety is being urged to book a free Home Fire Risk Check.

Crew members or technicians will visit people in their homes, check to see if their smoke alarms are working and, if they are not, they will fit a new one.

They will also talk residents through possible escape routes and check for potential hazards. To book call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp.