A fire ripped through a house with no smoke alarm in Burslem leaving the property uninhabitable.
More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out at 5.58pm on Tuesday in Ellgreave Street.
"We would urge everyone who hasn’t already done so to make sure they book a free Home Fire Risk Check with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service."
Mick Daniels, Station Manager
Crews from Burslem, Hanley and Biddulph had to force entry to the house as the fire spread, threatening neighbouring properties.
Neighbours had telephoned the emergency services to report the house on fire.
"When we arrived the occupants, an elderly woman and he son, had moved outside into the street as the fire was progressing rapidly," he said.
"It appears attempts had been made to light an open coal fire in one of the rooms, flames spread and ignited other materials.
"Social Services have been contacted in order to re-house the woman and her son," he said.
"There was no alarm in the property and no Home Fire Risk Check done on it.
"We would urge everyone who hasn’t already done so to make sure they book a free Home Fire Risk Check with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
"We would also ask people who live near elderly or vulnerable residents to talk to them about arranging a check to be done."
The woman and her son were taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire where there were treated for smoke inhalation and later discharged.