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House fire started by pet dog

25/10/17

Stock image of a kitchen fire
Stock image of a kitchen fire

The Service is urging residents not to leave flammable materials on or near cookers after a kitchen fire in the Staffordshire Moorlands on Tuesday October 24.

“On this occasion the occupant entered the property to rescue the dog and they also attempted to tackle the fire. This put them at significant risk from the fire and the smoke, they were extremely lucky to suffer only minor smoke inhalation. We would strongly advise against going into your home if there is a fire – get out, stay out and call the fire service on 999 as quickly as possible.”

Station Manager Carl Mason

Crews from Ipstones and Cheadle attended the incident in High Street, Kingsley, at 8.10pm after a call from the occupants who returned home to find the smoke alarms operating and the house full of smoke. The family dog was trapped in the property and was rescued by the occupant.

When the crews arrived two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the home and extinguished the fire which was in the kitchen. Fortunately none of the residents were in the house when the fire started but one man suffered with smoke inhalation after he rescued the dog and tried to put the fire out. He didn’t require hospital treatment but the dog was given oxygen therapy at the scene.

Once the fire was extinguished investigating officers found the dog, which had been left inside the kitchen whilst the residents were out, had jumped up at the cooker and accidentally switched on the electric hob. This ignited plastic toys and other combustible items which had been left on top of and next to the cooker. The flames spread to the nearby cupboards and up to the ceiling and the thick black smoke from the fire spread to all rooms in the property. The house is uninhabitable after it was left with severe fire and smoke damage.

Station Manager Carl Mason 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.

“It may seem unlikely that a pet can turn a cooker on but as this incident shows, it does happen and the safest thing to do is keep cookers clear and keep pets out of the kitchen.

“Thankfully the dog survived during this fire but things could easily have been very different.

“On this occasion the occupant entered the property to rescue the dog and they also attempted to tackle the fire. This put them at significant risk from the fire and the smoke, they were extremely lucky to suffer only minor smoke inhalation. We would strongly advise against going into your home if there is a fire – get out, stay out and call the fire service on 999 as quickly as possible.”

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