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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Following Two Wheat Bag Fires

25/03/2014

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to take care when using wheat bags.

“We would encourage people to make sure they monitor wheat bags when heating them.They shouldn’t be left heating for too long as they can overheat and catch fire as these incidents demonstrate.”

Station Manager Mark Wilson.

The warning comes following two incidents that have happened over the past few weeks involving wheat bags that have caught fire.

The most recent incident was reported at 5.08pm last Friday afternoon at a property in Ipstones.

Firefighters from Cheadle and Ipstones attended the incident on Mayfair Avenue which involved a wheat bag that had been heated in a microwave and caught fire whilst inside the appliance.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, they then ventilated the property.

Firefighters left the scene just before 6pm.

At an earlier incident on March 9 fire crews from Uttoxeter attended an incident at 1.18am at a house on Lewis Drive in Burton.

The elderly female occupant had heated a wheat bag in a microwave and then placed it in her bed to warm it up.

The bag had become too hot causing the bedding to catch fire which then spread to the mattress.

The fire was out when firefighters arrived as the lady had extinguished the fire herself.

She was taken to the Queens Hospital in Burton by land ambulance.

Firefighters left the scene at 1.46am.

Station Manager Mark Wilson said: “We would encourage people to make sure they monitor wheat bags when heating them.

“They shouldn’t be left heating for too long as they can overheat and catch fire as these incidents demonstrate.”