A fire investigation into the cause of a fire at an Ipstones home found the blaze started accidentally.
The dehumidifier was plugged into an extension lead in the lounge and had developed a fault causing the fire. The electrical failure caused the mains to trip however the fire had already taken hold of soft furnishings and other materials within the lounge of the property.
Crews from Leek, Cheadle and Longton were called to Brookfields Road at 3.26pm on Tuesday, November 27, to reports of a man hanging from a window. When the crews arrived they found the property was well alight and a male (the only occupant at home at the time) had escaped from a window, helped by his neighbours.
The male was treated by paramedics at the scene but did not suffer any serious injuries and did not need to attend hospital.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to put out the blaze, they brought two cats out of the building and attempted to resuscitate them but unfortunately they died at the scene.
A fire investigation was carried out and found the fire was caused by a faulty dehumidifier.
Station Manager Roy Daniels said: “The dehumidifier was plugged into an extension lead in the lounge and had developed a fault causing the fire. The electrical failure caused the mains to trip however the fire had already taken hold of soft furnishings and other materials within the lounge of the property.
“Fortunately we had previously installed smoke alarms at the home which alerted the occupier to the fire early on, allowing him to escape with the help of his neighbours. Sadly the two cats we removed from the property were not able to be saved and our thoughts are with their owners during this upsetting time.
“The home was badly damaged and the occupiers will not be able to return for some time. “This is a stark reminder to always check your appliances and ensure they are not damaged, that there are no frayed wires and that they carry the British Standard safety logo.”
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