Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging members of the public once again to check that they have operating smoke alarms in their homes, following an incident in Trentham last night.
Crews from Longton and Newcastle were called to Ivy Grove, Trentham at 7.20pm last night after receiving reports of a fire in the bedroom. The fire is believed to have been started accidentally due to an electric blanket which had caught fire, causing it to spread to the bed and mattress.
Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, tackled the fire using a hose reel jet. One male casualty was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
"Unfortunately this property did not have operating smoke alarms. Luckily one of the occupants had returned home just in time and was alerted to the fire before it had spread.
"Smoke alarms can potentially save lives – they allow those extra crucial minutes to evacuate a property in the event of a fire. We would urge all members of the public to ensure that their alarms are working and most importantly have batteries in."
Station Manager, Ian Housley
The fire caused light smoke damage to the bedroom and fire damage to the bed and bedroom furniture.
Ian continued, "One of the occupants had tried to removed the electric blanket from the bedroom and had taken it outside. This caused embers to fall from the fire and spread around the upstairs.
"Members of the public should never try and tackle fires themselves. In the event of a fire in your home, just close the door, if it is safe to do so, exit the property and call 999 immediately.
"We would also encourage people to throw out their electric blankets which they have been storing for numerous years. By folding up electric blankets it may cause the wires to crease which is potentially a fire hazard, as this incident highlights."
The incident closed at 8.15pm.