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Three Fires -Three Dead Pets

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging pet owners not to take unnecessary risks in trying to keep animals warm during the cold snap.

The plea comes after a dog, a rabbit and three birds died in three separate accidental fires across the county.

"We would advise people to never leave any heat sources on when they go out and make sure pets are always kept safe and away from heat sources."

Ian Broadhead, Station Manager

In each case the pets had been provided with their own heating supply which was either knocked over or faulted.

The most recent occurred at an aviary on Leighton Road in Uttoxeter this morning. One appliance from Uttoxeter and one from Abbots Bromley attended the incident at 12.19am.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire. Station Manager, Ian Broadhead, said cables running into the aviary had short circuited, sparking a blaze which destroyed the aviary and killed the birds.

"There was an oil based radiator in the aviary and the owner was running electric cables into it from a shed across the garden," said Ian.

On January 26th a dog perished in a fire in Marsh Close, Werrington. The animal, sleeping in a timber kennel, knocked over a portable heater which set it alight. Five days later a fire which caused severe damage to a house on Chapel Street in Bignall End started when the owner’s pet rabbit knocked over a halogen heater which had been left switched on to keep the animal warm.

"I would urge people considering DIY jobs to consult a qualified professional. The risks are not worth taking," said Ian.

"It is important to keep warm during the cold weather but safety is paramount. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would advise people to never leave any heat sources on when they go out and make sure pets are always kept safe and away from heat sources."