A fire investigation has found the cause of a serious fire in Stafford on Friday January 27 is suspicious.
"This was quite a large scale incident which could quite easily have become much worse if the occupiers didn’t have working smoke alarms"
Station Manager Derek Stoddart
Five Pumps and an Aerial Ladder Platform attended the incident on Wolverhampton Road which started in the basement of the property and saw a number of residents aided to safety by firefighters.
The blaze saw 10 adults rescued from the building, three children and eight pets. One female was helped through the window of the ground floor and one male was guided down the ladder by a firefighter from a first floor window.
The occupiers had been alerted to the incident by the smoke alarms in the property.
Station Manager Derek Stoddart said: “This was quite a large scale incident which could quite easily have become much worse if the occupiers didn’t have working smoke alarms.
“Thankfully no one was seriously injured during the incident”
A Fire Investigation Officer returned to the scene to determine the cause of the fire which he concluded was suspicious due to a lack of evidence of an accidental cause.