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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hanley flat fire caused accidentally

2/10/2017

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A fire investigation into the cause of a serious flat fire in Hanley has concluded the blaze was started accidentally.

”The fire, which began in a ground floor flat, involved an electric storage heater in close proximity to clothing, however the exact circumstances of the cause is still being investigated."

Fire Investigation Officer Simon Craythorn

Crews were called to Ringland Close at 5.58am on Sunday October 1.The fire was contained to the flat but the smoke spread throughout the building.

Fire Investigation Officer Simon Craythorn said: "The fire, which began in a ground floor flat, involved an electric storage heater in close proximity to clothing, however the exact circumstances of the cause is still being investigated."

Firefighters rescued three casualties including a woman, one child and a baby who are all currently in critical condition in hospital. The crews also rescued a man with a ladder and another casualty is believed to have jumped from a ledge of the mid rise building to escape. Both men are not believed to have suffered serious injuries.

Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect, said: “We were met with extremely difficult conditions.

"We gained access to the block of flats and there were three casualties who were administered CPR at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

"Crews quickly brought the fire under control whilst carrying out a search of the building. A fourth casualty was rescued but his injuries are not life threatening.

"As a result of the fire people in neighbouring properties were evacuated.

"From our point of view, we now have to make sure the building is safe and we will be working at the scene with the police."