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Stone canal narrowboat fire cause released

February 23 2018
Image courtesy of The Sentinel

Image courtesy of The Sentinel

A woman has died after a fire on a canal narrowboat in Stone.

“We’d urge all canal narrowboat residents to review their fire safety and if they have any concerns they can contact our Community Advice Team for guidance and support on 0800 0241 999.”

Paul Shaw, Fire Investigation Officer

Fire Control received a report of a barge fire at 1.53am on Thursday February 22. The narrowboat was moored on the Trent and Mersey Canal near the Star Inn in Stone.

Crews attended from Stone and Longton. They wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters rescued a 57-year-old woman, believed to be Alexandra Bennett, from within the narrowboat and gave her CPR but sadly, despite their best efforts, she died at the scene. A dog also died as a result of the incident.

A joint fire investigation has taken place with colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service and Staffordshire Police. This found that the fire started accidentally, after a multi-fuel burner door was left open and a lit item fell onto nearby carpet.

Paul Shaw, Fire Investigation Officer, said: “Tragically, despite our best efforts a woman died as a result of this fire and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

“Staff from the Service’s Prevent team will be out in the area in coming days speaking to other narrowboat residents about keeping safe in their homes.

“We’d urge all canal barge residents to review their fire safety and if they have any concerns they can contact our Community Advice Team for guidance and support on 0800 0241 999.”