A fire investigation into the blaze in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday December 22 has found the fire started in an electrical socket.
This is an extremely serious incident and our thoughts are with the resident and her family at this difficult time.
The Service was called at 3.13pm to South Street in Ball Green and crews from Biddulph, Sandyford, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Longton attended. Four Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze.
The occupant, a woman in her 80s, suffered severe smoke inhalation and burns before she was rescued by a neighbour who entered the home to bring her outside. On arrival Firefighters administered oxygen to the occupant and her rescuer who had also suffered from minor smoke inhalation.
The woman was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with burns covering a large percentage of her body and smoke inhalation; she remains in a critical condition.
Station Manager Martin Weaver said: “This is an extremely serious incident and our thoughts are with the resident and her family at this difficult time.
“Our fire investigation found that the fire originated in an overloaded plug extension socket in the lounge. This incident is stark reminder not to overload plug sockets and to be mindful of electrical safety. Sadly this incident could have been avoided and we are urging residents to check they have not overloaded their sockets and are only using British Safety Approved appliances and extensions.
“This fire also highlights two factors highlighted in our SAME campaign. The campaign aims to make residents aware of the four factors which increase the likelihood of dying in a fire, Smoking, Alcohol, Mobility issues and being Elderly. In this case the lady was elderly and had mobility issues which made it difficult for her to escape the property when the fire began.
“If you or someone you know is affected by any of the four factors please call our FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 or visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/4120.asp for more advice and information.”