Two people were taken to hospital suffering the effects of smoke inhalation after an incident involving a discarded cigarette in a Leek tower block.
Firefighters were called to Stepping Stones in Cruso Street at 12.39am on Saturday after neighbours triggered the building’s fire alarm after seeing smoke coming from a first floor flat.
"The cause appears to be a cigarette end which was not extinguished correctly and which started to smoulder a carpet in the bathroom."
Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Assistant Area Commander for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Mick Daniels, said: "On arrival crews using breathing apparatus forced entry to these adjoining flats to make sure they were empty because of fears people were inside.
"After leaving the affected flat one of the occupants went back inside and used a dry powder extinguisher on the carpet."
Mick added the cause of the incident had been identified at the scene. "We would urge people to be very careful when getting rid of their cigarettes. Drinking and smoking can be a potentially lethal cocktail."