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Service reminds residents to Get Out Stay Out after man suffers burns

March 14 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to Get Out Stay Out after a man suffered burns whilst trying to tackle a fire in his home in Huntington.

This incident serves as a stark reminder not to tackle a fire yourself. Fortunately the occupier’s burns were only superficial but he could easily have sustained far more serious injuries. He was also not able to contain the fire which has caused significant damage to his home.

Group Manager Bob Preston

The call comes just a week after the Service launched its Get Out Stay Out campaign.

 

Crews from Cannock, Penkridge and Stafford attended the fire on Chase Walk at 6.54am on March 14 after reports of a fire in the bedroom of the property which was well alight. 

The firefighters had found the occupier had attempted to tackle the fire by dragging a burning mattress out into the front garden. He suffered burns and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks. 

Group Manager Bob Preston said: “This incident serves as a stark reminder not to tackle a fire yourself. Fortunately the occupier’s burns were only superficial but he could easily have sustained far more serious injuries. He was also not able to contain the fire which has caused significant damage to his home. 

“This is why the Service is highlighting the Get Out Stay Out campaign and is urging residents to leave the property as soon as possible, call us and never attempt to tackle it yourself or re-enter the building. 

“The residents did have working smoke alarms which alerted them to the fire straight away. 

“The fire is still under investigation however the circumstances and the extent of the damage mean we are unlikely to be in a position to release the cause of this incident.“