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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire at Chinese Restaurant

A small fire broke out in a Chinese restaurant in Featherstone.

One appliance from Rugeley received assistance from two West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service pumps from Fallings Park at the incident at Victoria Harbour at 5.18pm yesterday.

"We would urge anyone who smells smoke to contact the emergency services first before anyone else."

Dermot Hogan, Station Manager

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel jet extinguished the flames which were confined to a ceiling void in the two-storey building.

As a result of the fire, wooden floor beams and insulation suffered minor damage. People dining in the restaurant at the time of the incident were not evacuated.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan, said: "Staff started to smell smoke and traced it to a light in the ceiling.

"They called in an electrician who, on removing the light, noticed a small fire in the void of the ceiling.

"The owners then telephoned the emergency services. On arrival, firefighters dealt with the fire quickly and safely in the void, ensuring the fire did not spread."

He added a re-inspection of the premises has been ordered using a thermal imaging camera.

Dermot added: "We would urge anyone who smells smoke to contact the emergency services first before anyone else.

"Don't take the risk, call the experts and let us deal with it safely."

The cause of the fire at Victoria Harbour was accidental, due to a fault in an electric light.