Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to park responsibly after they were delayed in responding to another appliance fire in a home in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.
Thankfully the woman had left the building and no one was trapped or injured but this could easily have been the case. In a more serious incident the time it took for the firefighters to get vehicles moved could have been vital in saving someone’s life.
Crews from Sandyford and Hanley were called to Broomhill Street at 10.46am on January 5 after reports of a dishwasher on fire in a kitchen.
Whilst on route firefighters had to ask residents to move their vehicles in order to get the fire engine through to the incident, causing them a delay in getting to the house.
Two firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire before venting the property. The blaze has destroyed the dishwasher, left the kitchen severely smoke damaged and all of the other rooms in the property have been affected by the smoke.
Station Manager Carl Mason said: “The resident had turned on the dishwasher and noticed it smoking. When she opened the door she saw it was on fire and exited the property before calling us. A fire investigation found the blaze was caused by a fault with the appliance.
“It is concerning that we have seen a few of this type of incident recently and can not stress enough how important it is to register your appliance so you will be informed of any faults with products such as this. It is also vital to keep these appliances in good repair.
“Another concerning aspect of this incident is the fact that our crews had to stop whilst on route and ask motorists to move their vehicles which takes precious time.
“Thankfully the woman had left the building and no one was trapped or injured but this could easily have been the case. In a more serious incident the time it took for the firefighters to get vehicles moved could have been vital in saving someone’s life.
“Please park considerately and ask yourself if a fire engine or other emergency service vehicle could get through.”