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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle bungalow blaze

19/12/2014

Test your smoke alarm

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a bungalow in Great Wyrley in the early hours of this morning.

"This lady had a lucky escape and the consequences could have been far more serious. Fortunately, smoke alarms that had been fitted by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service activated and alerted her to the situation so she was able to call for help." 

Station Manager Martin Weaver

Two crews from Cannock attended the incident at Quinton Avenue at 4.19am.

Two firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which was in the living room.

The older female occupant had raised the alarm with a neighbour after being alerted to the situation when the smoke alarms activated.

He then called the fire and rescue service before entering the property through the window. He led the woman to the front porch and closed the door to keep the smoke out.

Firefighters were able to gain access to the property and release the two as the woman’s key could not been located. Crews left the incident 6.30am.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Station Manager Martin Weaver, who led the incident, said: “This lady had a lucky escape and the consequences could have been far more serious. Fortunately, smoke alarms that had been fitted by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service activated and alerted her to the situation so she was able to call for help.

“This incident is another example of how vital smoke alarms are and the potentially life-saving effects they can have. I would urge anyone who is concerned about fire safety in their home or the home of an older or vulnerable person that they know to book a free Home Fire Risk Check as soon as possible.”

To book a Home Fire Risk Check, call the freephone number on 0800 0241 999.

During a HFRC, firefighters or trained technicians visit every room in a resident’s home and look for potential fire hazards. They also speak to people about their everyday behaviour in the home and, using this information, try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire

Escape routes are discussed and planned out so that people know what to do should a fire break out and free smoke alarms can be fitted if necessary. All members of staff carry an identity card. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.