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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Flat fire sparks safety warning

29/08/2014

Test your smoke alarm warning

Crews have tackled a blaze which broke out in the kitchen of a flat in Kidsgrove.

"Luckily this flat had working smoke alarms which alerted the neighbour to the fire. The occupant was out of the building at the time of the blaze so if the detectors hadn’t activated, the incident could have had far more severe consequences." 

Station Manager David Steele

Firefighters from Sandyford and Kidsgrove were called to the Everest Grove property shortly after 6.30pm on Wednesday, August 27.

They wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet and one main jet to extinguish the fire.

A neighbour had called 999 after hearing the flat’s smoke alarms going off. The occupant was out at the time and crews had to force entry into the property.

The fire has been classed as accidental and was started when combustible materials were left on top of the cooker hob. Crews had returned to their stations by 7.55pm.

Station Manager David Steele, who led the incident, said: "Luckily this flat had working smoke alarms which alerted the neighbour to the fire. The occupant was out of the building at the time of the blaze so if the detectors hadn’t activated, the incident could have had far more severe consequences.

"It is a stark reminder of the potentially life-saving role that smoke alarms play in raising awareness of fires and proves how vital it is to test them on a regular basis to ensure they are working."

Residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can book a free Home Fire Risk Check with the Service. People can arrange for crew members or trained technicians to visit their property at a time that is convenient for them.

They will speak to residents about safety in the home and, using this information, try to identify and minimise risk from fire. If a property does not have working smoke alarms, the Service will fit them.

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