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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Evacuates Cheadle Pub

A Cheadle pub had to be evacuated after a tumble dryer caught fire on the first floor of the building.

"Thankfully this did not happen during the night as there could have been more severe consequences both to the business and to those on the premises."

Station Manager, Simon Craythorn

Three appliances from Cheadle, Ipstones and Longton attended the incident at the Huntsman Public House at 11.39am on Sunday. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the flames using one hose reel jet.

Statistics reveal the county has suffered 130 fires involving tumble dryers in last five years. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is working hard in local communities to reduce this trend.

Station Manager, Simon Craythorn, said "The fire at the pub on Delphouse Road could have been far more serious. Bar towels had been loaded into the tumble dryer, which had overheated and set alight causing the fire to spread to other appliances nearby.

"This caused extensive fire, heat and smoke damage to the first floor kitchenette with smoke logging affecting other rooms on the first floor. Staff preparing for a busy Mother’s Day had to leave the premises while firefighters tackled the blaze.

"Thankfully this did not happen during the night as there could have been more severe consequences both to the business and to those on the premises."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be cautious with tumble dryers following an almost identical incident at a Brewood public house recently. On that occasion staff had also put bar towels into the tumble dryer last thing at night before going to bed. Excessive fluff and debris had collected in the machine as it was operating and a fire started.

This is known to be a common cause of fire involving tumble dryers. Appliances should not be overloaded and any filters should be checked regularly to ensure they are not blocked. The correct cycle time should be selected and an appropriate service should be carried out as required by the manufacturer.

Station Manager Simon Craythorn continued: “A suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment would have identified the potential for this to happen. Additional preventative measures could then have been put in place that would have reduced the likelihood or the impact of a fire. Businesses should consider developing a recovery and continuity plan in case of such circumstances.”

Licensees are urged to contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 08451 22 11 55 or log onto.