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Exploding window spark plea from Service

13/12/2017

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service urges residents not to leave flammable items too close to heat sources and ensure they have fire guards following a fire in Chell.

“This incident is a stark reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms as the residents did not have any in their property. In fact the occupier only realised there was a fire when the front window exploded. Fortunately she was able to evacuate the building and was not injured which could easily have been the case."

Station Manager David Steele

The Service was called to High Lane on December 13 at 8.11am after reports of a fire in the front room of a semi detached house.

Crews from Hanley, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Sandyford attended and wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to put out the fire.

A fire investigation found the blaze originated from clothing materials which were left too close to an open fire. The Service believes embers from the fire ejected causing the materials to ignite.

Station Manager Dave Steele said: “It is really important not to leave anything flammable too close to any kind of heat source whether that be electrical heaters or open fires. If the occupiers had a fire guard in place it is unlikely this fire would have started.

“This incident is a stark reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms as the residents did not have any in their property. In fact the occupier only realised there was a fire when the front window exploded. Fortunately she was able to evacuate the building and was not injured which could easily have been the case.

“There is serious damage to the property and it is doubtful the family will be back in their home in time for Christmas. If the house was fitted with smoke alarms we would have been alerted to this incident much sooner.

“Please ensure you have guards in front of your open fires, don’t leave anything combustible near to any heat source and make sure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your property.”

For more home safety advice please visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/HomeSafety.asp  or call our FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.