Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to heed their smoking advice following a fire at a home in Stoke-on-Trent where a man sadly died.
The Service was called to Hudson Walk, in Longton, at 6.36am on Saturday, June 30 after a call from Staffordshire Police. A crew from Longton attended and found there was significant smoke in the property but the fire was out on their arrival.
A fire investigation has now concluded that the blaze had been started by a discarded cigarette.
Station Manager Tim Hollingworth said: “Our thoughts are with the resident’s loved ones during this difficult time. This is an extremely tragic incident.
“We believe a discarded cigarette started the fire and we urge residents to follow our safety advice to avoid blazes in their homes or outdoors.
“Always ensure you use an appropriate ashtray and be certain any smoking materials are completely out before you leave them unattended. Avoid smoking in bed as it is incredibly easy to fall asleep with a cigarette lit.
“If you are smoking outdoors do not discard your cigarettes in the open, continue to use an ashtray as outdoor fires can grow very quickly and can easily spread to nearby buildings.
“Smoking is one of the main causes of fatal fires which is why it is highlighted in our SAME campaign which aims to raise awareness of smoking and the other three fatal fire factors which include alcohol, mobility issues and being elderly.”
For more information on the SAME campaign please click here or for general safety advice call our FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.
Our thoughts are with the resident’s loved ones during this difficult time. This is an extremely tragic incident. We believe a discarded cigarette started the fire and we urge residents to follow our safety advice to avoid blazes in their homes or outdoors.