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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Three Fires - One Stark Warning

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be extra vigilant after three accidental fires swept through three homes in Staffordshire - destroying two - in the space of 24 hours.

A young mother and child were rescued from a blaze which destroyed their home in Milwich at 4.10pm on Friday afternoon.

"If you have a positive attitude to fire safety and employ relevant behaviour you can greatly reduce the risk of fire."

Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander, Newcastle

At 3.56am on Saturday morning crews rescued a sleeping man from his Bucknall flat after a pan fire started in his kitchen while hours later, at 2.30pm, the roof of a Longton bungalow was severely damaged by fire.

The house at Summerhill in Milwich and property in Corneville Road, Bucknall had to be boarded up after fire left both uninhabitable.

The fire at Milwich started after a settee, located close to an open fire, overheated and set alight when the fireplace was stacked with wood.

Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle said: "People should never leave food unattended while cooking. Even the smallest in lapses of concentration have the potential for tragedy.

"And there are inherent dangers to open fire places if they are not used in the right way.

"Furniture and other flammable items should be kept as far away from them as possible."

The cause of the third fire in Longton is still being investigated, but is believed to be accidental.

"Knowledge and awareness is the key to fire safety and we need people to understand the responsibility they have, not only to themselves, but also to others,” added Mick.

"In certain cases simply changing a pattern of behaviour can make the world of difference.

"If you have a positive attitude to fire safety and employ relevant behaviour you can greatly reduce the risk of fire."

Mick is urging anyone who hasn’t done so to book a free Home Fire Risk Check with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"This involves us visiting homes to fit, where necessary, equipment like smoke alarms which will increase people’s safety," he said.

The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999. Callers can arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All firefighters and Service Technicians carry an I.D card and travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.