Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging members of the public to ensure they have operating smoke alarms inside of their homes following a house fire in Kidsgrove yesterday evening.
Two crews from Kidsgrove were called to the incident on Somerset Avenue at 7.20pm last night, after one of the occupiers discovered smoke issuing from a first floor bedroom. The fire, which was contained to the bedroom, caused heavy smoke damage to the room and fire damage to the bedroom furniture.
Station Manager, Mick Daniels said: This incident is believed to have been caused accidentally due to a child playing with a cigarette lighter. We would urge parents to speak to their children about the dangers of misusing cigarette lighters as many children just don’t release the dangers involved. We will be working closely with the family involved in this incident by providing the child with our specialist ‘extinguishing counselling’ where we will be educating them about fire safety.
“Smoke alarms are a must have for every home, they really are life savers. You’re twice as likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have smoke alarms which works – this family were extremely lucky that someone noticed the fire in time for them all to get out the property safely. We offer a free home fire risk check service which includes the fitting of free life saving equipment such as smoke alarms so there is no excuse for any home within Staffordshire to not have one.
“Smoke alarms are a must have for every home, they really are life savers.”
Station Manager, Mick Daniels
Once the fire had been extinguished, crews completed a home fire risk check at the property where they fitted smoke alarms and also visited neighbouring properties to promote the service and speak about fire safety. Crews left the incident at 9.20pm.