Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging boat owners to ensure they have smoke alarms following a severe boat fire on Fradley Junction Canal
“The occupier was very lucky to escape the fire as the boat did not have any working smoke alarms. If the fire had happened during the night, it may have gone unnoticed and we could have been faced with a far more serious incident."
Station Manager Paul Richins.
Crews from Lichfield, Tamworth and Barton under Needwood attended the incident at the Fradley Junction in Fradley at approximately 11.30am on Monday morning.
The incident involved a 20 metre narrow boat that was well alight. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using two hose reel jets.
Station Manager Paul Richins said: “The boat owner noticed the fire and tried to tackle it with a fire extinguisher. Due to the fire being inside the lining of the boat it wasn’t possible to extinguish so the owner went to a nearby pub and they called out the fire service. The casualty was suffering from smoke inhalation but did not attend hospital.
“The occupier was very lucky to escape the fire as the boat did not have any working smoke alarms. If the fire had happened during the night, it may have gone unnoticed and we could have been faced with a far more serious incident.
“Fire safety is just as important on a boat as it is in the home – if anything boats carry increased risks due to the petrol and gas that they hold. We would urge members of the narrow boat community to ensure they have working smoke alarms and to contact us if they require a free home risk check.”
The fire had started due to an electrical fault at the rear of the boat. The fire has badly damaged the inside of the boat and the owner will need to be rehoused as a result of the incident.
Anyone who does not have a working smoke alarm can contact the fire service on 0800 0241 999 and arrange a free home fire risk check. This involves a visit from a
service technician visiting you in your home to give fire safety advice, discuss escape routes and fit free life saving equipment such as smoke alarms and fire guards.