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Investigation reveals cause of Tunstall house fire

28/01/2016

An investigation has found that a severe house fire in which a man suffered serious injuries was accidental.

"This was a tragic accident which has sadly left a young man in a very serious condition in hospital. The investigation found that an electric heater had been left on overnight and was right next to the bed, causing it to catch fire."

Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper

The incident on Holland Street in Tunstall was sparked by an electric heater which had been positioned next to the bed, causing it to catch fire.

The 24-year-old who was in the room at the time of the incident on Tuesday (January 26) remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper said: "This was a tragic accident which has sadly left a young man in a very serious condition in hospital. The investigation found that an electric heater had been left on overnight and was right next to the bed, causing it to catch fire.

"I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to never leave heaters on overnight and to never put them by flammable materials, such as clothes and curtains. It is also vital to have working smoke alarms fitted on every floor of your home and to test them regularly. It takes a matter of seconds to do but could save your life and your family’s lives."

Crews from Sandyford, Hanley, Burslem, Newcastle and the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) from Longton attended the fire at 12.54am.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used hose reel and main jests to extinguish the blaze which started in a first floor bedroom.

The severity of the incident caused a significant amount of damage to the property as well as smoke damage to neighbouring homes in the row of terrace houses.