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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Three Blazes Fire a Warning

burnt out bedroom

A fire started by a cigarette lighter destroyed the rear bedroom of a Trent Vale property which is home to seven children.

The incident was one of the three attended by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service across North Staffordshire on Saturday.

"You should never tackle a fire, instead get out, closing the doors behind you, and ring 999 – leave it to the experts."

Mick Daniels, Station Manager

A second bedroom blaze in Kidsgrove - caused by a cigarette - and a chip pan fire in Basford also required the attention of local crews.

The bedroom fire on London Road, Trent Vale started shortly after 5pm.

Damage was confined to a rear bedroom although bedding, carpet, floorboards and a mattress were completely destroyed.

Investigating officers discovered the cause to be a cigarette lighter found close to the scene.

A family of four escaped serious injury after fire broke out in the first floor bedroom of their home on Gilbert Close, Kidsgrove at approximately 10.15am.

The incident caused extensive damage to the room with smoke logging affecting other parts of the building.

Station Manager, Mick Daniels, said the blaze started because a cigarette was not extinguished properly when it was placed in a bin with plastic lining.

"It is vital smokers understand how dangerous smoking at home can be for their family and those they live with," he said.

"Tobacco is designed to stay lit, so cigarettes and cigars can easily start an accidental fire, especially if you are tired, not alert or have been drinking alcohol.

"We would urge smokers to either kick the habit altogether, smoke outside their property or ensure they always extinguish their cigarettes properly, especially last thing at night."

The fire at Kidsgrove spread very quickly and although the property had two smoke detectors fitted, only one was working.

"Had this fire occurred during the hours of darkness then the outcome may well have been different," added Mick.

"When you are asleep you cannot detect smoke that is the task of a correctly fitted smoke detector which will alert people to a fire and provide vital minutes to escape."

Finally, crews were sent to an emergency call shortly before 2pm, concerning a fire at a home on Camelia Close in Basford.

On arrival firefighters found a chip pan, set alight in the kitchen, had been extinguished by the occupier.

Mick said: "The occupier's son had left the chip pan unattended, he had put it on, closed the kitchen door and fell asleep in the lounge.

"The chip pan heated up and ignited causing damage to the kitchen units above.

"Chip pans can so quickly overheat which is why we urge people to use deep fat fryers instead, as these are thermostatically controlled.

"A working smoke alarm in the house alerted the occupier’s son to the fire but he took unnecessary risks by attempting to tackle the fire himself.

"You should never tackle a fire, instead get out, closing the doors behind you, and ring 999 – leave it to the experts."