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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle severe blaze in Tunstall

26/01/2016

Firefighters have tackled a severe blaze which broke out at a terraced property in Tunstall in the early hours of this morning.

"This was an extremely serious incident which has left one male casualty in a serious condition in hospital. A firefighter was also taken to hospital as a precaution. Thankfully, his injuries are not serious and he is now recovering at home.The first floor of the house has been completely destroyed and there is smoke damage to neighbouring terraced properties. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway this morning."

Director for Prevent and Protect - Glynn Luznyj

Crews from Sandyford, Hanley, Burslem, Newcastle and the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) from Longton attended the incident on Holland Street.

Crews wore breathing apparatus and used hose reel and main jests to extinguish the fire which is believed to have been started in a first floor bedroom.

The severity of the incident caused a significant amount of damage to the property. One firefighter was injured as a result of falling debris and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution but was not admitted.

A male resident was also taken to hospital after suffering burns. His injuries are thought to be potentially life-threatening.

The first crew arrived at 12.54am. An appliance from Sandyford and the ALP from Longton are currently at the scene. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway this morning.

Director for Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj said: "This was an extremely serious incident which has left one male casualty in a serious condition in hospital. A firefighter was also taken to hospital as a precaution. Thankfully, his injuries are not serious and he is now recovering at home.

"The first floor of the house has been completely destroyed and there is smoke damage to neighbouring terraced properties. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway this morning."