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Cause of Burton fire was accidental

January 10 2020

The cause of a large house fire in Burton-on-Trent has been found to be accidental.

 

It is extremely important to always ensure chimneys are built correctly an maintained well before you use them.”

Station Manager Paul Harpin

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Queen Street at 3pm on Wednesday, January 8, to reports of a blaze in the roof space of a terraced house.

Crews from Burton and Tutbury attended along with the aerial ladder platform. Four firefighters wore breathing apparatus to tackle the flames which started in the chimney.

A Fire investigation was carried out and concluded that the blaze started due to faulty brick work in the chimney. When the fireplace was in use the flames spread to the nearby wooden beams setting the roof alight.

Station Manager Paul Harpin said: “This was a large scale fire that took some time to extinguish. Fortunately no one was hurt during the incident and we were able to minimise the amount the fire spread to other properties, with only one neighbouring home affected.

“It is extremely important to always ensure chimneys are built correctly and maintained well before you use them.”