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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle flat blaze in Stoke

10/10/2014

Test your smoke alarm

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a flat in Stoke town centre last night.

"This incident clearly demonstrates just how vital it is to have smoke alarms fitted and to check them regularly to ensure that they are working. It takes a matter of seconds to test the equipment but could end up saving your life." 

Station Manager Andy Kinsman

Crews from Hanley, Newcastle and Longton, as well as the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton, attended the incident at 10.45pm.

They wore six breathing apparatus in total and used one hose reel jet and two main jets to extinguish the fire at the first floor flat on London Road.

The blaze was caused by an electrical fault with the washing machine and crews contained the damage to the kitchen.

Firefighters ventilated the property using a large scale fan before returning to their stations at 1.25am. The cause has been classed as accidental.

Station Manager Andy Kinsman, who attended the incident, said: "The tenants of the flat were alerted to the fire when the smoke alarms activated. They phoned the fire and rescue service immediately and were able to evacuate the property.

"This incident clearly demonstrates just how vital it is to have smoke alarms fitted and to check them regularly to ensure that they are working. It takes a matter of seconds to test the equipment but could end up saving your life."

Residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who are concerned about safety in their properties can book a free Home Fire Risk Check.

During the HFRC visits, crew members or trained technicians check every room in the property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire. They can also fit new smoke alarms.

To book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp