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Elderly Lady Rescued From House Fire in Burton

19/11/2012

Fire and Rescue Crews from Burton and Tutbury rescued an elderly lady from a house fire on Goughside in Burton yesterday afternoon.

 “We’d urge smokers not to smoke in bed as it is incredibly dangerous and fires can easily start. We urge people to use proper ashtrays on flat surfaces and to ensure that when they put their cigarettes out, they are fully out. We’d also encourage people not to smoke near to combustible materials, such as bedding, sofas or curtains.”

Station Manager Toby Wilson.

The call was received at 12.22pm by a neighbour who heard a smoke alarm activating.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the smoke logged building and searched for possible casualties.

One elderly female was located in the bedroom and had to be rescued by firefighters.

She was taken to the Queens hospital in Birmingham by air ambulance.

Firefighters tackled the fire which was confined to the bedroom and involved bedding.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental due to careless disposal of smoking materials.

Station Manager Toby Wilson said: “We’d urge smokers not to smoke in bed as it is incredibly dangerous and fires can easily start.

“We urge people to use proper ashtrays on flat surfaces and to ensure that when they put their cigarettes out, they are fully out.

“We’d also encourage people not to smoke near to combustible materials, such as bedding, sofas or curtains.”

The incident was closed at 8.15pm.