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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Roof fire sparks safety warning

21/02/2014

Firefighters worked through the night to tackle a blaze that broke out in the roof of a house in Draycott in the Clay.

"The occupants did not have working smoke alarms in the property so were incredibly lucky that they happened to hear the loud bangs which alerted them to the smoke. The consequences could easily have been very different." 

Station Manager Paul Cullen

Two crews from Burton, one from Tutbury and one from Barton-under-Needwood arrived on the scene at 8.39pm yesterday.

The aerial ladder platform and welfare vehicle from Burton were also called to assist with the incident at the detached property on Hollow Lane, along with the water carrier from Cheadle.

Firefighters used four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and two main jets to put the blaze out.

Reserve crews from Uttoxeter and Barton-under-Needwood arrived later and remained overnight. The cause is currently being investigated.

The residents were in the property at the time of the fire but managed to evacuate after hearing loud bangs and then seeing smoke billowing out of the loft.

There was a smoke alarm in the house but it was not working.

Station Manager Paul Cullen, who attended the fire, said: “This was an extremely serious incident and dozens of firefighters worked through the night to bring the blaze under control. It spread rapidly and caused major damage to the house.

“The occupants did not have working smoke alarms in the property so were incredibly lucky that they happened to hear the loud bangs which alerted them to the smoke. The consequences could easily have been very different.

“I would like to urge people to fit smoke detectors in their homes and to test them on a regular basis. Taking a few seconds every week to do this could end up saving your and your family’s life.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Risk Checks. Crew members or technicians will visit you in your home, check to see if your smoke alarms are working and, if they are not, they will fit you a new one.

They also talk people through possible escape routes and check for potential hazards. To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp