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Service warning after cat rescued from house fire

May 16 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to take care when using plug extensions after a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent.

A fire investigation concluded the blaze started accidentally due to a four plug extension lead which was in use at the time. The extension was switched on with four plugs connected to the extension block but some clothing had accidentally fallen on top of the plugs, insulating them and causing them to overheat and the clothing to ignite.

Station Manager Neil Pedersen

The Service was called to Thelma Avenue, Brown Edge, at 10.12pm on Sunday May 13 after reports of a blaze in a semi-detached home. 

Crews from Burslem, Biddulph, Kidsgrove and Hanley attended the incident and used two main jets and one hose reel jet to tackle the fire. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the home to extinguish the fire and rescued a cat from an upstairs bedroom before giving it oxygen therapy using a specially designed animal oxygen mask. 

Thankfully the occupants were not injured as they were not home when the blaze started but it has left their home seriously damaged. 

Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: “A fire investigation concluded the blaze started accidentally due to a four plug extension lead which was in use at the time. The extension was switched on with four plugs connected to the extension block but some clothing had accidentally fallen on top of the plugs, insulating them and causing them to overheat and the clothing to ignite. 

“Fortunately no one was seriously injured during this incident and the crew were able to get the cat to safety and give it oxygen with the Smokey Paws mask. 

“This incident is a reminder to residents to be extremely careful when using extension leads. Always ensure they are not overloaded, covered over or left close to any flammable materials.” 

For more information on electrical safety visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-at-home/electrical-safety/ or call the Service’s FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.