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Fire Destroys Family of Seven's Bedroom

A family of seven have had to move into temporary accommodation following a fire at their Cauldon home - but Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say it could have been much worse.

The fire, which forced the evacuation of neighbouring properties, set fire to four bunk beds, a wardrobe and a carpet in a bedroom at the house in Church Road.

"If this fire had started a couple of hours later we could be dealing with something a lot worse. The bunk beds were destroyed."

Les Jackson, Watch Manager

One appliance from Ipstones and one from Cheadle attended the incident at 7.35pm on Friday.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze which started after embers from flames from a ground floor fireplace became lodged in the chimney flue.

Watch Manager, Les Jackson, said: "The family got home from shopping and noticed thick smoke coming from the roof, chimney and windows. They immediately dialled 999.

"Crews gained access to the property and after searching the loft space noticed smoke had spread to neighbouring properties, so the decision was taken to evacuate these.

"We would urge everyone to check their flues on a regular basis to make sure they are clean and working efficiently. "Better still, if you have an old chimney flue, get it replaced with a brand new one.

"If this fire had started a couple of hours later we could be dealing with something a lot worse. The bunk beds were destroyed."

Les added the house did not have a working smoke alarm. "Smoke alarms save lives, people should not take the risk. We fit smoke alarms as part of our home fire risk check, so we’d urge people to contact us on FREEPHONE 0800 0241 999 to arrange a visit."