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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Potentially life-saving visits following fatal fire

17/11/2016

Community Safety Officers will be visiting residents in Bobbington, South Staffordshire, after an older man sadly lost his life in a fire earlier this week.

"Following this tragic incident in which an older gentleman lost his life, we will be out in the area, talking to residents about safety in the home and carrying out HFRCs."

Prevent Manager for the west of the county Carmel Warren

They will be giving advice and reassurance to people in the area surrounding Six Ashes Road after a 71-year-old man sadly lost his life on Sunday evening.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be offering free Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRCs) tomorrow (Friday 18). If residents are not available at this time, they can call the Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 to book an appointment on November 23, 24 or 25.

Prevent Manager for the west of the county Carmel Warren said: "Following this tragic incident in which an older gentleman lost his life, we will be out in the area, talking to residents about safety in the home and carrying out HFRCs.

"The aim of this vital prevention work is to educate people about potential risks that can be posed within the home, to advise them on how they can minimise the dangers and to look at possible escape routes should a fire break out. These visits are free of charge and I cannot stress how crucial the checks have proven to be in many house fires across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."

Crews from Wombourne, Kinver and Codsall were joined by appliances from the West Midlands to extinguish the fire.

The incident involved a single storey garage which was attached to the property which was well alight when crews attended.

Firefighters wore four breathing apparatus and used three hose reel jets when putting out the blaze.