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Four Stafford Children Awarded For Their Bravery

Four children from Stafford will be awarded with a Chief Fire Officer’s Certificate of Congratulations for their bravery during a fire in their home earlier this year.

"The children displayed maturity beyond their years by acting calmly and alerting the rest of their family to the rapidly developing fire. I am delighted to be able to personally present them with their awards for demonstrating such immense bravery.

“We encourage parents and guardians to teach children about fire safety from a young age and this fire has reinforced why this is so important. This incident could have been much more serious had the family not evacuated the property as quickly and safely as they did.”

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford.

The certificates will be awarded by Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford during a ceremony at Stafford Fire Station on Tuesday November 18. The children, accompanied by their parents, will be awarded the certificates and given a tour of the fire station by firefighters.

The fire the children were involved in started at the family home on Baswich Lane in Baswich on August 21.

It took almost 20 firefighters to tackle the blaze which started in the kitchen before spreading rapidly throughout the rest of the property.

The mother of the children was using hot oil in a pan to cook spring rolls and had momentarily left the room to go upstairs, leaving the pan unattended on a lit hob.

The two youngest children, nine-year-old Amy and six-year-old Michael, realised that the saucepan had set alight when the smoke alarms went off.

They immediately went to alert their mother and two older sisters, Sarah, aged 13, and Hannah, aged 16, who were upstairs.

The family then fled the detached house, with Sarah dialling 999 on the way out.

Crews from Stafford, Rugeley and Penkridge arrived just after 12.20pm and tackled the fire before leaving the incident at around 3.30pm.

The house was completely destroyed by the fire.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: “The children displayed maturity beyond their years by acting calmly and alerting the rest of their family to the rapidly developing fire. I am delighted to be able to personally present them with their awards for demonstrating such immense bravery.

“We encourage parents and guardians to teach children about fire safety from a young age and this fire has reinforced why this is so important. This incident could have been much more serious had the family not evacuated the property as quickly and safely as they did.”