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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Emergency services have now left the scene of a fatal fire in Stafford

04/11/2014

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Emergency services have now left the scene of a fatal fire in Stafford.

"Anyone who has purchased fireworks from SP Plastics is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 01785 232656 (you will initially hear an automated message for Real Time Intelligence but your call will be answered, please stay on the line and quote incident number 552 of 30 October). Details of the fireworks will be taken and advice provided on their storage."

Supt Ian Coxhead - of Staffordshire Police

The destroyed building, SP Plastics in Tilcon Avenue, remains dangerous and is fenced off with screens to prevent public access. The police cordon was lifted yesterday, Monday 3 November, following a very difficult and dangerous examination of the scene by forensic examiners and fire investigators.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and are working closely with colleagues from Staffordshire County Council's Trading Standards.

A joint warning has now been issued alerting possible customers to precautionary safety advice.

It is likely to be some weeks before the fireworks standards can be tested and confirmed safe. Therefore, as a precaution and to ensure public safety, customers who purchased fireworks from the company are being urged not to use them.

Although not confirmed, it is believed that commercial fireworks are more likely to pose a risk - they generally have plain wrapping as oppose to retail fireworks which have decorative, colourful wrapping.

Supt Ian Coxhead, of Staffordshire Police, said: "Our ongoing investigation includes tracing any fireworks that have been purchased from SP Plastics so they can be thoroughly inspected. This is just one line of inquiry we are exploring with our colleagues from Trading Standards.

"Anyone who has purchased fireworks from SP Plastics is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 01785 232656 (you will initially hear an automated message for Real Time Intelligence but your call will be answered, please stay on the line and quote incident number 552 of 30 October). Details of the fireworks will be taken and advice provided on their storage.

"It will then be arranged for Trading Standards to make contact to provide further advice. We ask that people do NOT take fireworks to a police station or council offices.

"As with any fireworks they should be stored in a cool dry, safe and secure place away from anything that could ignite them.

"Specially trained officers continue to support the families of those involved and they will be kept updated on the progress of our investigation directly.

"At this time the fire is being treated as unexplained. It is likely this will take sometime to identify a cause."