More than 30 firefighters have tackled a major blaze at a fast food shop in Stoke-on-Trent.
"This was an extremely serious fire which has caused severe damage to the business as well as to the flat upstairs."
Ed Case - Station Manager
Two crews from Hanley and one each from Sandyford, Kidsgrove, Newcastle and Burslem as well as a specialist appliance from Longton attended the incident.
The Service was informed about the fire at Hamza Fried Chicken, High Street, Tunstall at 2.07am today and crews arrived at 2.13am.
The blaze is believed to have started in the shop’s kitchen before spreading to the flat above, where there were five adults.
The owner of the takeaway was alerted to the situation by a passing taxi driver. He then contacted the occupants of the apartment and they left the building immediately. There were no smoke alarms in the flat.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using two hose reel jets. They left the incident at approximately 7.45am and a fire investigation is currently underway.
Station Manager Ed Case, who led the incident, said: "This was an extremely serious fire which has caused severe damage to the business as well as to the flat upstairs. The apartment did not have any smoke alarms so it was extremely lucky that the taxi driver saw the fire and alerted the owner who was then able to contact the residents. The situation could easily have had far more serious consequences.
"I cannot stress enough how vital smoke alarms are. They take minutes to install but can literally save your life if a fire breaks out."