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Two residents injured after smoking materials cause fire

May 1 2018

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service investigation into a blaze in Meir has found the cause to be smoking materials.

Following the investigation we believe the fire started after smoking materials were dropped near some nail varnish remover, which then set some nearby soft furnishings on fire. The occupiers had tried to tackle the fire themselves but in doing so they knocked the remover over causing more items to ignite. In a panic they then threw these items out of the window.

Station Manager Gary Fox

The Service was called to reports of a house fire in Grangewood Road at 11.29pm on Friday April 27. Crews from Longton attended and found a fire in the front bedroom of the property. 

The ambulance service also attended and treated one man for minor burns and a woman who had suffered superficial burns. 

Station Manager Gary Fox said: “Following the investigation we believe the fire started after smoking materials were dropped near some nail varnish remover, which then set some nearby soft furnishings on fire. The occupiers had tried to tackle the fire themselves but in doing so they knocked the remover over causing more items to ignite. In a panic they then threw these items out of the window. 

“Thankfully the occupiers only suffered minor burns and were not left with more serious injuries which could have easily been the case. Fortunately they didn’t need hospital treatment despite attempting to deal with the blaze themselves. We urge residents never to try and tackle a fire and to always get out of the property straight away, stay outside and call 999. 

“Please also be careful when using smoking materials, always discard them in an appropriate ashtray and keep them away from any flammable materials or liquids.

“Smoking is one of the most common causes of fires which lead to deaths in homes. It is highlighted in our SAME campaign and aims to raise awareness of this and the other three factors most likely to lead to a fatal fire; Alcohol, Mobility issues and being Elderly. 

“If you or any of your loved ones are affected by any of these factors you/they could be at higher risk of dying in house fire. For advice on protecting yourself or loved ones from fire in the home please call our Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 or visit our website www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/safety-at-home.”