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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Cannock house fire sparks safety warning

13/03/2014

Firefighters are urging people in Cannock to be extra vigilant following yet another house blaze in which a lady had to be rescued.

"This was a very serious incident. Our Community Fire Safety Officers and crews are out and about on a daily basis, giving residents potentially life-saving advice and booking Home Fire Risk Checks but we also need people to take responsibility for their own safety. Thinking about your actions and taking simple precautions could literally save your life." 

Carmel Warren - Prevent Manager for the west of the county

Two crews from Cannock and one from Penkridge tackled the fire which broke out at a bungalow in Wood Lane, Wedges Mills yesterday.

The incident is the 59th accidental house fire to have taken place in the area covered by Cannock fire station since April 1 2013.

The statistics are a significant increase on the previous year, April 1 2012 – March 31 2013, which saw 38 accidental property blazes in the same area.

Fire Control received the call at 1.40pm and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to put out the flames.

They rescued the female occupant and her dog from the utility room. The lady was given first aid at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by ambulance.

Carmel Warren, Prevent Manager for the west of the county, said: "This was a very serious incident. Our Community Fire Safety Officers and crews are out and about on a daily basis, giving residents potentially life-saving advice and booking Home Fire Risk Checks but we also need people to take responsibility for their own safety. Thinking about your actions and taking simple precautions could literally 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.

To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.