Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents not to leave pets in the kitchen following a serious house fire in Hartshill.
This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder to avoid leaving pets in the kitchen and if you must shut them in there, ensure the cooker is switched off at the main switch.
The plea comes after a number of animals were rescued and two died after a blaze on Maxwell Place.
Crews from Newcastle and Hanley attended the fire at 4.50am on Sunday, January 12. There were no working smoke alarms but a neighbor noticed smoke in her property next door and alerted the fire service.
When firefighters arrived they saw smoke issuing from the letter box and committed four people to search the property for people before ventilating the building.
Firefighters recovered eight animals from the home including four cats and four dogs. The pets were given oxygen using the Smoky Paws masks but sadly two cats died at the scene. The rest of the animals were taken in and treated by the RSPCA.
A fire investigation was carried out and found the blaze started in the kitchen and the most likely cause was one of the pets jumping up and turning on the electric cooker.
Watch Manager Jason Richards said: "Unfortunately two of the pets died in this fire and we know how upsetting that is for the owners.
"This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder to avoid leaving pets in the kitchen and if you must shut them in there, ensure the cooker is switched off at the main switch.
"It also shows how important it is to have working smoke alarms in the home to ensure that if the worst happens and fire does break out you are alerted to it at the earliest opportunity."