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Children assessed for smoke inhalation after Tamworth flat fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging residents to check they have working smoke alarms after a fire in a Tamworth home.

“Fortunately the parents smelled the smoke before the fire spread throughout the property and were able to evacuate and call us. As they did not have working smoking alarms this incident could easily have had a more tragic outcome. If the family did have working smoke alarms they would have been alerted to the fire much sooner, reducing smoke inhalation."

Station Manager Gary Fox

The Service were called to a second floor flat on Arden Close, Amington, at 12.17am on Friday September 15, after reports of a bedroom fire.

Crews from Tamworth and Polesworth attended and wore two breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to put out the blaze which left the bedroom smoke logged.

The family were only alerted to the fire when they could smell the smoke as they had no working smoke alarms in the property. They managed to escape the property with their two children who were later assessed by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

The fire was caused by a modified lighter which had been left on flammable materials in the bedroom.

Station Manager Gary Fox said: “Thankfully no one was seriously harmed by this fire and we were able to attend before serious damage was caused to the property.

“Fortunately the parents smelled the smoke before the fire spread throughout the property and were able to evacuate and call us. As they did not have working smoking alarms this incident could easily have had a more tragic outcome. If the family did have working smoke alarms they would have been alerted to the fire much sooner, reducing smoke inhalation.

“The modified lighter was the cause of this incident and we would urge all residents to take care with smoking materials, do not modify them or leave them on top of flammable materials.”

For more safety advice visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/HomeSafety.asp or call our free Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.