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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man taken to hospital after flat fire in Leek

18/09/2017

Leek flat fire
Leek flat fire

The Service is urging residents not to leave flammable materials near cookers after a man was rescued from a flat fire in Leek on Monday September 18.

“It is really important not to leave any flammable items on top of or near to cookers; even if you are positive they are switched off."

Station Manager Dave Steele

Crews from Hanley and Longton were called to the incident in Ashbourne Road at 7.15am after the alarm was raised by smoke alarms within the home.

When the crews arrived they rescued the occupant, a man in his 40s, before two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a hose reel jet. The man suffered smoke inhalation and was given oxygen therapy by firefighters before being taken to Macclesfield District General Hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

Once the fire was out investigating officers found the fire had started in the kitchen, by cooking that was left unattended and had set fire to tea towels hanging next to the hob. The flames then spread to nearby plastic bags.

Station Manager Dave Steele said:  “It is really important not to leave any flammable items on top of or near to cookers; even if you are positive they are switched off.

“The items that caught fire caused a significant amount of smoke in the flat which had begun to affect the occupant.

“This incident also shows how important it is to have working smoke alarms installed in your home. If these alarms had not alerted the Service to the fire the outcome could have been far more serious. Fortunately our crews were alerted early enough to rescue the man, preventing him serious injury and preventing further damage to the home.”