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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

84-Year-Old Woman Rescued From Fire

Firefighters have this morning rescued an 84-year-old woman from a fire in her Wombourne home.

One appliance from Wombourne and one from Kinver attended the incident in Bull Lane at 10.27am today.

"Without the smoke alarms we would almost certainly be dealing with a fire death."

Darren Smith, Watch Manager, Wombourne

On arrival, crews discovered the elderly occupant sitting in the living room surrounded by smoke. They immediately took her outside to safety along with her pet dog.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze.

Investigations found the cause to be accidental ignition when a grill pan overheated, igniting materials that were in close proximity to it.

Wombourne Watch Manager, Darren Smith, said: "Without the smoke alarms we would almost certainly be dealing with a fire death.

"On arrival we knocked on the front door and as there was no answer, we pushed the door open.

"The smoke was that thick we couldn’t see anything. We shouted if anyone was there and the woman shouted back to say she was in the lounge."

The woman received oxygen therapy from firefighters at the scene before being tended to by ambulance paramedics. She did not require hospital treatment.

The Service is eager to ensure all elderly people have received a home fire risk check from them.

Two elderly people have died in house fires in Staffordshire in the past month.

Area Commander for South Staffordshire, Keith Stubbs said: "By booking an elderly person a free home fire risk check we can ensure the likelihood of a fire occurring in their home is reduced.

"We're eager for relatives, friends and neighbours of elderly people, particularly those who live alone, to make contact with us on 0800 0241 999 so we can arrange to visit them – if we don’t know about these people we can’t help them.

"Since January 2007 we have had 18 fire deaths, 15 of which have involved those over the age of 65 – the statistics speak for themselves."