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Electrical Fire Serves as Festive Warning

Biddulph residents are being urged to check their electrics are working correctly in the wake of a fire which broke out in the loft of a property in Castle View.

Station Manager Kevin Griffiths is advising people preparing to bring Christmas decorations out of storage to be particularly vigilant.

"I would like to ask local residents to make sure all their electrical fixtures and fittings are working correctly."

Kevin Griffiths, Station Manager

It follows the incident at 12.11pm on Monday afternoon which was triggered by a faulty electrical cable.

OneĀ appliance from Biddulph attended the fire, which was extinguished by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel jet.

A second appliance from Burslem was mobilised but did not attend the incident.

Kevin said: "It was accidental ignition caused by an existing fault with the light in the loft area of the property and worn electrical cables.

"The owner has gone into the loft to bring down Christmas decorations and could not turn the light off.

"She went to get her partner to help her but when they tried to get back in the loft noticed a flicker of flames there and called the emergency services.

"I would like to ask local residents to make sure all their electrical fixtures and fittings are working correctly.

"It is imperative electrical systems are in good working order. If people have lights or sockets that are not working, or working intermittently, flickering lights, consistently blowing fuses or trip switches which repeatedly trip there may be an underlying problem which needs to be checked by a competent and qualified electrician.

"It is especially important during the Festive Season when taking Christmas lights out of storage to check they are in good condition, working correctly and no wires are exposed.

"All Christmas lights should confirm to the British standard (BS EN 60598)."