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Cause of Rolleston fire revealed

February 15 2018

A fire investigation into a blaze at a home in Rolleston-on-Dove has found the cause to be an electrical fault.

This was a very serious incident but thankfully the family had working smoke alarms which alerted them to the fire very quickly. This meant they were able to evacuate and we were called at the earliest opportunity.

Fire Investigation Officer Rob Horton

The Service was called to Twentylands at 2.10am on Monday February 12 to reports of a serious house fire. 

Crews from Burton-on-Trent and Tutbury attended and found six children and two adults had escaped the fire via an upstairs window along with one of their dogs. 

The firefighters wore numerous breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to put out the fire and rescue three more dogs, English and Irish Setters, from the building. Unfortunately the family also had hamsters and a hedgehog that sadly did not survive the fire. 

Fire Investigation Officer Rob Horton said: “This was a very serious incident but thankfully the family had working smoke alarms which alerted them to the fire very quickly. This meant they were able to evacuate and we were called at the earliest opportunity. 

“The family did exactly the right thing during this fire and got out safely and did not re-enter the property. We understand this must have been very difficult with the pets still in the home but the crews were able to save the dogs and give them oxygen therapy using the Smokey Paws masks. We are encouraging all residents to do the same in the event of a fire- get out stay out. 

“The fire investigation concluded that the blaze started in the television in the lounge and was caused by an electrical fault. We encourage all residents to register their appliances and check them regularly for any damage or exposed wires.”