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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Smoke Alarm Plea After Electrical Fire

Burton firefighters are championing the life-saving properties of smoke alarms following a house fire in the town.

Two appliances from Burton attended the blaze at a house in Park Street at 8.01am on Saturday. An electrical fault in a first floor airing cupboard started the fire.

"Although this incident did not result in serious injuries the outcome could have been so different."

Richard Taylor, Watch Manager

The two occupants telephoned the emergency services to say they could smell toxic fumes. The property had no fitted smoke alarms.

The couple, a 56-year-old woman and 57-year-old male, were evacuated from the house as were a couple and a child from a neighbouring property. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames using one hose reel jet.

Watch Manager Richard Taylor stressed the importance of having fully fitted working smoke alarms.

"Although this incident did not result in serious injuries the outcome could have been so different," he said.

"Working smoke alarms give an advanced warning of fire which in turn gives occupants vital additional time to vacate the property and call the emergency services.

"I would urge anyone who either doesn’t have smoke detectors or has any concerns regarding fire safety in the home to call our freephone telephone number and arrange a visit from the Fire Service. We can fit smoke detectors and give fire safety advice and the service is completely free of charge.

"Following this incident we carried out a full Home Fire Ricks Check on their property and fitted two smoke detectors.

"Checks were also carried out at two adjoining properties with a further two referrals also generated."

The male occupant received oxygen therapy at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation. Neither he nor his wife went to hospital.

The fire caused extensive damage to the bedroom and smoke damage throughout the property.