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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Family Had Lucky Escape from Fire

A family of five managed to escape from a fire at their home in Leek on Sunday morning.

“We do not encourage people to tackle fires themselves. In the event of a fire you should get out of the property and request the fire service."

Station Manager Carl Mason.

The family were at home on Basford Green Road when the female occupant had placed a chicken in the oven before going outside with her husband to do some work.

Her husband went back into the property to find the ground floor heavily smoke logged with flames coming from the cooker.

He alerted his wife who rushed upstairs to wake two other family members who were sleeping.

The man tackled the fire himself using buckets of water.

When the fire was out he called the fire service to report the incident.

Fire and rescue crews from Leek attended the house, removed all damaged equipment and checked the area with a thermal imaging camera to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.

Station Manager Carl Mason said: “The family had an extremely lucky escape. If it wasn’t for the gentleman coming back into the property and noticing the fire, this could have been far more serious.

“We do not encourage people to tackle fires themselves. In the event of a fire you should get out of the property, call 999 and request the fire service.

“The house was not fitted with the correct amount of smoke alarms and the downstairs smoke alarm was not in the right place which delayed it from activating at the earliest opportunity.

“Firefighters carried out a home fire risk check at the property and installed smoke alarms.”

The occupants had suffered from smoke inhalation; therefore paramedics were called out to do precautionary checks.