Officers at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are calling on people to be extra careful when lighting up a barbecue this summer.
We know people want to enjoy the hot weather and a lot of residents will be having barbecues but it is important to do so safely.
It’s after crews from Longton and Hanley were called to reports of a house fire in Meir in the early hours of Monday 14 June.
The fire, which was deemed accidental, started at a barbecue before spreading – causing damage to decking, a double garage and the property itself. Four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets were used to extinguish the blaze shortly before 5:30am.
Station Manager Dan Keeling said: “Fortunately no one was hurt but the house is severely damaged. This serves as a stark reminder to residents to ensure any coals and barbecues are put out correctly and thoroughly. Immerse coals in cold water and do not leave them unattended until they are completely out.
“We know people want to enjoy the hot weather and a lot of residents will be having barbecues but it is important to do so safely. Please visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-outside/bbq-safety for more safety advice on barbecues or call our free Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.”