A joint fire investigation with colleagues from Staffordshire Police has found a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent started due to unsafe electrics/electrical equipment.
“Crews remained at the scene damping down throughout Wednesday morning while a joint fire investigation with colleagues from Staffordshire Police took place. This found the fire began due to unsafe electrics/electrical equipment within the property.”
Crews responded to reports of a fire in Hamil Road, Burlsem, just after 5.10pm on Tuesday February 6.
On arrival they found the roof was on fire and the aerial ladder platform from Longton attended to tackle the blaze externally. Firefighters used two main jets and wore four breathing apparatus.
Appliances attended from Newcastle, Cheadle, Hanley, Kidgrove, Burslem and the Command Support Vehicle also attended from Stone.
By around 7.30pm crews had gained control of the blaze but they remained at the property throughout the night tackling the fire. The house, an unoccupied mid terrace property, suffered extensive fire damage and structural damage to the roof and chimney stack.
A number of neighbouring properties were also damaged and those occupants sought alternative accommodation for the night. The Service has been working with a Structural Engineer who has been at the scene assessing the damage.
A team of volunteers from the Red Cross attended to provide support and provide advice to residents affected by the fire.
James Green, incident commander, said: “This incident was very challenging as the roof was fully alight on arrival. Our firefighting efforts included tackling the blaze from within the house as well as using the aerial ladder platform to apply water to the fire from above.
“Crews remained at the scene damping down throughout the morning while a joint fire investigation with colleagues from Staffordshire Police took place. This found the fire began due to unsafe electrics/electrical equipment within the property.”
Staffordshire Police’s Chief Inspector John Owen said: “We believe that the top floor of the property was being used as a cannabis farm, and we are working to establish who is responsible for the grow.
“Our enquiries are on-going at this time, and we would like to thank Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for their assistance in the investigation so far.”