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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Residents urged to take up life-saving checks following fatal fire

08/07/2014

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Firefighters are today visiting properties in Amington, Tamworth, following a fatal blaze at a bungalow.

"Following this tragic incident in which an elderly lady lost her life, we have been out in the area, talking to residents and carrying out Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRCs). The aim of this vital prevention work is to educate people about potential risks that can be posed within the home, to advise them on how they can minimise the dangers and to look at possible escape routes should a fire break out." 

A woman in her 80s sadly died in the incident at Longlands Drive shortly after 8am yesterday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews are in the surrounding area today and tomorrow, offering residents free Home Fire Risk Checks.

Prevent Watch Manager for the east of the county Rob Horton said: "Following this tragic incident in which an elderly lady lost her life, we have been out in the area, talking to residents and carrying out Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRCs). The aim of this vital prevention work is to educate people about potential risks that can be posed within the home, to advise them on how they can minimise the dangers and to look at possible escape routes should a fire break out.

"I would urge anyone who could benefit from this help to take up the offer of a HFRC. They are completely free of charge and I cannot stress how crucial the checks have proved to be in many house fires across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."

During HFRCs, members of staff can also fit free potentially life-saving equipment such as smoke alarms and fire guards.

All members of staff carry an identification card and travel in fire service vehicles.

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