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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Young Boy Escapes Fire

A young child and family escaped unharmed from a blaze at a Burton home after a cooker fire triggered the property's smoke alarm.

Two appliances from Burton and one from Barton attended the incident in Shobnall Street at 5.31pm on Tuesday.

"This shows just why it is so important to have working smoke alarms fitted in your property."

Paul Richins, Station Manager

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using hose reel jets extinguished the fire which caused extensive smoke damage to the house.

Station Manager, Paul Richins, said: "The situation could have been much worse if the smoke alarm had not detected the fire at an early stage.

This shows just why it is so important to have working smoke alarms fitted in your property. "It appears the cooker overheated which ignited the carcass causing the fire to spread to the kitchen area, it was purely accidental.

"On discovering the fire the family shut the kitchen door, went outside and called the fire service."

Police and ambulance crews also attended the incident.

The female occupant was given oxygen therapy by firefighters and treated by paramedics at the scene for smoke inhalation, she did not attend hospital.

"The house was quite badly smoke damaged," added Paul."

And while ventilating the property crews rescued a cat from upstairs."