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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Elderly Woman Rescued

A 94-year-old woman was rescued by firefighters after a microwave oven overheated in her Cannock flat.

Two appliances from Cannock attended the incident at the semi-detached bungalow in Shareshill at 1.10pm yesterday, Thursday.

"This also highlights the vulnerability of elderly people, particularly those who live alone."

Dave Williams, Watch Manager

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel jet ventilated the property, entered the property and escorted the occupant outside to safety.

Ambulance paramedics treated her at the scene for smoke inhalation but she did not attend hospital.

Watch Manager Dave Williams said: "The incident was caused by a fault inside a microwave oven which overheated.

"The resulting smoke set off the property’s smoke alarm. On arrival firefighters found the property to be heavily smoke logged with the occupant still inside.

"We would urge people to make sure all appliances and electrics are checked regularly to make sure they are in good working order.

"This also highlights the vulnerability of elderly people, particularly those who live alone.

"At this time of year we would ask people to be aware of such groups and offer support to friends and neighbours who fall into this category."