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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Flat fire sparks smoke alarm warning

18/12/2015

Firefighters are urging people to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted following a flat fire in the early hours of this morning.

"This incident goes to show just how important it is to have working smoke alarms fitted. The occupants were asleep and if they had not heard the crackling of the fire the situation could have been far more severe. I would urge everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted and to test them regularly. There is no doubt they could save your life, and your family’s life, in the event of an emergency."

Station Manager Paul Cullen

Crews from Rugeley and Cannock attended the incident in a first floor flat on Targate Court in Armitage at 2.03am.

The residents were alerted to the blaze which started in the fuse box inside the flat, next to the front door, when they heard a crackling noise. There were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.

They were unable to leave the flat as their escape was blocked due to the fire.

The residents alerted workers at a factory over the road by shouting out of the window. The men went to the flat to extinguish the fire prior to crews arriving at the scene.

The occupants are suspected to have suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton. Fire crews left the incident at 4.31am.

Station Manager Paul Cullen, who attended the incident, said: "The residents of this property had a very lucky escape. Their exit was completely blocked by the fire and they were effectively trapped in the flat. Fortunately, they were able to attract the attention of workers at a nearby factory who assisted them.

"This incident goes to show just how important it is to have working smoke alarms fitted. The occupants were asleep and if they had not heard the crackling of the fire the situation could have been far more severe. I would urge everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted and to test them regularly. There is no doubt they could save your life, and your family’s life, in the event of an emergency."