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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Chimney fire sparks safety warning

06/03/2014

Firefighters in Tamworth are urging people to ensure their log burning stoves are installed correctly by qualified professions following a house fire in the area.

"The resident of this property was incredibly lucky, the consequences could easily have been much worse. I would urge anyone who does not have smoke detectors in their property to book a Home Fire Risk Check (HFRC) as soon as possible – it could save your life." 

Tamworth Station Manager Simon Craythorn

One crew from Tamworth and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Burton tackled the blaze at a property in Carroway Head at 1.40pm on Tuesday, March 4. They used one hose reel jet and specialist chimney gear to put out the fire.

It had started in the flue and was caused by a log burning stove that had not been fitted correctly. The chimney had also not been swept for some time.

Crews left the scene at 6.39pm.

The occupant was alerted to the fire thanks to smoke detectors installed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a Home Fire Risk Check.

Tamworth Station Manager Simon Craythorn said: “The resident of this property was incredibly lucky, the consequences could easily have been much worse.

“The man was alerted to the fire - which broke out in his living room and quickly spread up through the chimney - thanks to his smoke alarm which was fitted by the Service.

“I would urge anyone who does not have smoke detectors in their property to book a Home Fire Risk Check (HFRC) as soon as possible – it could save your life.”

The HFRCs are free and available to anyone who lives in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent. People can arrange for crew members or trained technicians to visit their home at a time that is convenient for them.

They will speak to residents about safety in the home and, using this information, try to identify and minimise risk from fire. If a property does not have working smoke alarms, the Service will fit them.

For more information on chimney safety visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2333.asp

To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp