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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Second House Fire Fatality in a Week

11/04/2017

A woman has lost her life in a house fire in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

“On arrival firefighters rescued an elderly woman from within the house but sadly despite paramedics’ best efforts she died at the scene. This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the woman’s family."

Brian Moss, Head of the Northern Service Delivery Group

The Service was called to the incident in Turin Drive at around 1.30am today (Tuesday 11 April). Crews from Newcastle-under-Lyme and Hanley attended the incident, which was in the bedroom.

Crews used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze and once the fire was extinguished they spent time ventilating the house. Extensive damage has been caused to the upstairs of the home.

Brian Moss, Head of the Northern Service Delivery Group, said: “On arrival firefighters rescued an elderly woman from within the house but sadly despite paramedics’ best efforts she died at the scene. This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the woman’s family.

“We’re now working together with fire investigation partners from the West Midlands and a forensic officer from Staffordshire Police to establish how the fire started.

“Although the cause isn’t yet known this is the second house fire in a week where an elderly person has died which reinforces our ongoing fire prevention work to highlight that the SAME factors, smoking, alcohol, mobility and being elderly, increase your risk of dying in a house fire.

“We’ve recently launched a campaign focused on raising people’s awareness of the SAME factors. We are doing everything we can to help reduce the risk to those who are most vulnerable in our communities, providing Safe and Well visits where appropriate in the hope it reduces the chances of a fatal fire.

“We need friends, relatives and neighbours of elderly people to ensure they are safe from fire in their homes – making just a quick five minute phone call to us means we can give life-saving advice and if appropriate arrange to carry out a free Safe and Well visit for them.”

The house fire last week was in Grange Road, Meir, and resulted in the death of 96-year-old John Tune.

For information about smoke alarms and staying safe and well in your home contact the Service’s Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 or visit their page on our website by clicking here.

More information about the SAME campaign can be found by clicking here.