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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Crews carry out 49 HFRCs following fatal fire

19/02/2015

Test your smoke alarm

Crews have given potentially life-saving advice to residents in nearly 50 homes following a fatal fire in Uttoxeter.

"This lady lost her life in tragic circumstances and we are determined to do everything we can to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. The crews have been out in the area reassuring residents and giving out potentially life-saving home safety advice."

Uttoxeter Station Manager Andy Oakley

Firefighters have carried out 49 Home Fire Risk Checks in the streets surrounding Ashbourne Road where an 87-year-old woman sadly died on February 9.

The fire was caused by a refillable butane cigarette lighter, which set light to the lady’s clothing.

Firefighters and Community Safety Officers have now spoken to people in Ashbourne Road, New Road, Weaver Road, Stanley Crescent, Clarkes Close, Cheadle Road, Johnson Road and Howitt Close.

Uttoxeter Station Manager Andy Oakley said: “This lady lost her life in tragic circumstances and we are determined to do everything we can to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. The crews have been out in the area reassuring residents and giving out potentially life-saving home safety advice.

“They have also carried out almost 50 Home Fire Risk Checks where they highlighted any potential hazards, discussed escape routes and made sure that properties had working smoke alarms. The visits don’t take very long to carry out but they could prove to be vital should the worst happen. I would urge anyone who has an older friend, relative or neighbour who they think could benefit from such a visit, to contact us as soon as possible.”

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 also fit free smoke alarms in homes that do not already have them or will replace detectors if they are installed but don’t work.

People are being encouraged to book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp