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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Pub blaze sparks safety warning

13/11/2014

'Push the Button'

A blaze which broke out in the bar area of a Newcastle pub has sparked a safety warning from firefighters.

"When the member of staff arrived at the pub, the bar area was filled with smoke which had also started to spread to the living area. However, the occupants, who were in the accommodation part of the building, were completely unaware of the situation as they did not have any working smoke alarms to alert them. There is absolutely no doubt that the residents had a very lucky escape and that the consequences could have been far more serious."

Station Manager Ian Read

The fire was caused by an electrical fault in a transformer and was discovered by a member of staff who arrived at The Cricketers Arms, Alexandra Road, around 7.15am yesterday.

There were no working smoke alarms in the living quarters and the occupants were unaware of the incident.

Crews from Newcastle and Hanley wore two breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire before using a large specialist fan to ventilate the building. Firefighters carried out a Home Fire Risk Check and fitted new smoke alarms before leaving the scene at 8.30am.

The Service is calling on people to ensure that every home – whether it is an individual residential property or part of a commercial property – has working smoke detectors fitted.

Station Manager Ian Read, who led the incident, said: "When the member of staff arrived at the pub, the bar area was filled with smoke which had also started to spread to the living area. However, the occupants, who were in the accommodation part of the building, were completely unaware of the situation as they did not have any working smoke alarms to alert them. There is absolutely no doubt that the residents had a very lucky escape and that the consequences could have been far more serious.

"I cannot stress strongly enough that having smoke detectors in your property can save your life, it really is that simple. The Service will even come over to your home to fit smoke alarms where needed as well as giving advice on safety issues and escape routes that could be used should you find yourself in an emergency. This is available free of charge to residents of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."

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.