Stoke-on-Trent firefighters have attended a number of serious incidents over the weekend.
"We’d urge people moving house to immediately ensure that there are working smoke alarms fitted and to prioritise booking a free home fire risk check with us."
Station Manager, Rob Barber
At 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon Longton firefighters attended an incident on Marcel Close, Hanford, in which a man had suffered burns. The man had been cutting down trees and put them into a brazier. He then poured petrol onto them, to burn, however petrol also splashed onto his t-shirt and set alight. The casualty was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire before being transferred to Selly Oak Hospital. He was discharged the following day.
That evening crews then tackled two house fires. The first was at a farm cottage on Leek Road, Weston Coyney, shortly after 7.30pm. Crews from Longton and Cheadle tackled the blaze in the roof space of the property. The road had to be closed off to allow firefighters to use an aerial ladder platform to tackle the fire from above. The fire was caused accidentally by a faulty flue liner linked to the Aga. Firefighters remained at the incident until 10.50pm.
Station Manager, Rob Barber said: "Unfortunately the family had only moved into the cottage on Thursday and there were no smoke alarms fitted. We’d urge people moving house to immediately ensure that there are working smoke alarms fitted and to prioritise booking a free home fire risk check with us."
The second house fire was on Minshall Street, Mount Pleasant, Fenton shortly before midnight. Crews from Longton and Hanley attended the kitchen fire at the terraced property. One male casualty was given oxygen therapy by firefighters and was later transported to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Last night at approximately 9.15pm crews from Burslem and Hanley attended a house fire on Mallorie Road, Norton. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire, in a bedroom, using two hose reel jets. The fire, started accidentally, caused severe fire damage to the bedroom and significant heat and smoke damage to the rest of the first floor. Firefighters left the incident at 12.30am this morning.