Man Flees Bungalow Blaze
An 80-year-old man has been temporarily re-housed after a fire at his Smallthorne bungalow left the property uninhabitable.
Emergency services were alerted to the elderly occupant's situation after his Social Services care call system activated at 5.07pm yesterday. He was advised to evacuate his Quinton Walk home immediately as crews made their way to the scene.
One appliance from Hanley and one from Biddulph attended the incident. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using one hose reel jet.
Station Manager, Mick Daniels, said: "The gentleman has accidentally placed some paper on an electric fire. The paper set alight, leading to the heater itself catching fire.
"Because of the smoke damage that was caused and heating issues inside the property, the council (who own the property) were called to find alternative accommodation for the occupant.
"People must be aware of their environment and exercise particular care and safety around heating appliances. Do not put anything which is flammable near a source of heat."
Following the incident the elderly gentleman was checked by ambulance paramedics as a precaution but did not require treatment.