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Fatal house fire caused by smoking

July 6 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has found a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent where a man died was caused by smoking materials.

This is a stark reminder of just how much extra danger smoking puts you in. It is one of the biggest causes of fire deaths that we see which is why it is highlighted in our SAME campaign.

Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect

Firefighters from Hanley, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Sandyford attended the incident in Clyde Walk, Shelton, at around 4.06am today, Friday, July 6.

They wore four breathing apparatus to enter the home and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. Sadly, a man was found deceased in the house.

The 83-year-old man has yet to be formally identified but his next of kin have been made aware of his death.

Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect, said: “This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends during this difficult time.

“A joint fire investigation has taken place with colleagues from Staffordshire Police which found that the fire started accidentally and was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials.

“This is a stark reminder of just how much extra danger smoking puts you in. It is one of the biggest causes of fire deaths that we see which is why it is highlighted in our SAME campaign.

“The campaign aims to raise awareness of smoking and the other three fatal fire factors; alcohol, mobility issues and being elderly, which all increase your chances of dying in a house fire.” 

For more information on the SAME campaign please click here. Anyone who is concerned about their safety can call the Service’s FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.