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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Lady Rescued From Flat Fire in Cheadle

20/10/2009

An elderly lady has been rescued from a fire in her ground floor flat by two members of the public.

Fire and rescue crews from Cheadle and Longton attended the incident, shortly before 3pm this afternoon.

One elderly female was inside the flat when the fire started, she was rescued by two members of the community who located her in the property and took her out to safety. The lady was treated by paramedics and then taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire by land ambulance.

"Rescuing the lady from the fire was a very commendable and brave action by the two members of the community."

Assistant Area Commander for Staffordshire Moorlands, Mick Daniels said:

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire in the kitchen and ventilated the property. 

Assistant Area Commander for Staffordshire Moorlands, Mick Daniels said: "Rescuing the lady from the fire was a very commendable and brave action by the two members of the community. The lady had put some food on the hob to cook, when she collapsed for medical reasons, leaving the food to overheat.

The flat was not fitted with any working smoke alarms, luckily the neighbour living above spotted smoke rising through the floorboards and called 999. Had the neighbour not been in we may not have been alerted to the fire until much later and then we may have been reporting a different set of circumstances.

We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms as this incident has highlighted – we fit smoke alarms for free as part of our home fire risk check and so there is no excuse for anyone within the County to not have them fitted. To book a free home fire risk check call FREEPHONE 0800 0241 999."

Firefighters left the scene at 4.20pm.