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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Crews tackle fire at terraced house

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Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a terraced house in Cobridge.

"There was no-one at home when the fire broke out which meant that we were not alerted to the incident until a while after it started. When we arrived at the house the pitched roof, living room and bathroom floor had already suffered quite severe smoke damage but the fire had not spread to any other part of the property."

Station Manager Dave Steele

Crews from Sandyford and Hanley attended the Hillary Street incident at 2.55pm yesterday.

An investigation found that the fire had started when work was being carried out on the pitched roof at the back of the property.

The blaze smouldered for a number of hours after the work had ended and eventually spread to the joists.

The flames caused damage to the first floor bathroom and the living room below.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to put the fire out. Firefighters left the scene at 8.30pm. The incident has been classed as accidental ignition.

Station Manager Dave Steele, who attended the incident, said: "There was no-one at home when the fire broke out which meant that we were not alerted to the incident until a while after it started.

"When we arrived at the house the pitched roof, living room and bathroom floor had already suffered quite severe smoke damage but the fire had not spread to any other part of the property.

"The house was fitted with a smoke alarm which had activated but crews also fitted an additional detector before leaving the property. The residents have been booked in for a free Home Fire Risk Check."

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