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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Safety warning after cooker blaze in Cheadle

19/01/2016

Firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out in the kitchen of a flat in Cheadle in the early hours of yesterday morning (January 18).

“The occupier of this rented property was very lucky that the landlord had fitted a hardwired smoke detector. His neighbours heard the alarm and called 999.We cannot stress enough how essential working smoke alarms are. If we had not been alerted when we were, the outcome for the occupier could have been much more severe.”

Crews from Cheadle, Longton and Ipstones arrived at the incident on Bank Street at 1.34am.

Cheadle firefighters wore breathing apparatus when rescuing a man from the property and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

The casualty received treatment from West Midlands Ambulance Service at the scene.

It is believed that a wooden board, which had been placed on top of the cooker as an extension of the work surface, caught fire when the grill was inadvertently turned on.

The Service was alerted to the incident by neighbours who heard the smoke alarm activating.

Station Manager Mark Hall said: “The occupier of this rented property was very lucky that the landlord had fitted a hardwired smoke detector. His neighbours heard the alarm and called 999.

“We cannot stress enough how essential working smoke alarms are. If we had not been alerted when we were, the outcome for the occupier could have been much more severe.”

Landlords are now required by law to fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of the property as well as a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance. They also need to check that all of the alarms are working with every new tenancy.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Risk Checks where members of the team visit people in their homes, offering safety advice and fitting smoke alarms.

The freephone number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and a mutually convenient time will be set for the visit to take place. 
In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.
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