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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House left uninhabitable after dishwasher fire

29/09/2017

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus

A home in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been left uninhabitable after a dishwasher fire.

Fire control received a report of a house fire in Junction Road, Leek, at around 1.20pm on Thursday September 28 and mobilised two appliances from Leek.
 
The crews arrived to find the occupant outside her home and were told a dishwasher was on fire in the kitchen. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

Crews then used Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV) to flush smoke out from within the property.

Fortunately the occupant was able to leave her home quickly after discovering the fire and she didn’t suffer any injuries. However, the fire caused significant damage to the downstairs rooms of the home and the whole property was smoke damaged, leaving it uninhabitable.

The fire is believed to have started accidentally by an electrical fault within the dishwasher.

The stop code was received at 2.08pm and the last crews left the scene by around 3pm after carrying out Safe and Well visits at neighbouring properties.

Station Manager Mark Hall said: “This incident has left a family homeless but it could have been a much more tragic outcome. It was really touching to see the friends and neighbours of the occupants rally around to help them, a real display of the incredible community spirit the people of Leek have.
“Following the incident we also worked with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council housing team to arrange temporary accommodation for the family.

“The home had smoke alarms but they didn’t activate, so the crews replaced them before leaving the scene. The woman did exactly the right thing, she got out and stayed out while waiting for firefighters to arrive.

“We believe the fire was caused by a fault within the dishwasher. This really emphasises the importance of registering your appliances online to make sure you receive any important safety updates or product recalls.

“For more information about electrical safety and details of where you can register your appliances visit the dedicated page of our website by clicking here.”