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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning in the wake of an electrical fire

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Reduce the risk of fire in your home

The Service is urging people to ensure electrical items are unplugged and stored safely when they go on holiday following a blaze in Kinver.

"The occupants in this case where extremely lucky that the fire burnt itself before a significant amount of damage was caused to the house. I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to ensure that all electrical items that can be unplugged are unplugged before you go to bed, leave the house or go away on holiday. It is also important never to leave items that heat up, such as hairdryers, straighteners or candles, on or near to flammable materials and to always place them on flat surfaces."

Rachel Spruce - Community Safety Officer

The incident happened at a property on Dunsley Drive while the occupants were enjoying a short break.

When they returned they could smell smoke in the premises and realised there had been a small fire in the bedroom.

The incident had been caused by a hairdryer which had been left plugged in and placed on top of a wicker basket.

Fortunately, the blaze burnt itself out and did not cause a significant amount of damage.

The Service was called to the incident on the occupants’ return and one crew from Wombourne went to the house at 5.10pm on Monday.

Firefighters wore two breathing apparatus due to smoke logging in the room. The fire has been classed as accidental ignition.

Community Safety Officer for South Staffordshire Rachel Spruce said: "The occupants in this case where extremely lucky that the fire burnt itself before a significant amount of damage was caused to the house.

"I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to ensure that all electrical items that can be unplugged are unplugged before you go to bed, leave the house or go away on holiday. It is also important never to leave items that heat up, such as hairdryers, straighteners or candles, on or near to flammable materials and to always place them on flat surfaces."