A woman remains in a critical condition after a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent.
A joint investigation with colleagues from Staffordshire Police leads us to believe that the fire started accidentally and we believe it was smoking related.
Firefighters were called to reports of a fire at a bungalow in Lyndhurst Street, Burslem, just before 11.15pm on New Year’s Eve (Sunday December 31).
Crews attended from Sandyford, Hanley and Newcastle-under-Lyme. They wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire.
A woman in her 50s suffered smoke inhalation and burns before she was rescued by a neighbour. She was given oxygen therapy at the scene by firefighters before colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service took her to the Royal Stoke Hospital. She was later transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where she remains in a critical but stable condition.
Firefighters rescued a dog from the home but sadly another could not be saved. The fire has left the home uninhabitable and an initial fire investigation at the scene indicates it started accidentally.
Station Manager Tim Hollingworth said: “This was a very serious incident involving an established fire in the living room which has left a woman seriously injured.
“A joint investigation with colleagues from Staffordshire Police leads us to believe that the fire started accidentally and we believe it was smoking related.
“Smoking is a common contributory factor in fatal house fires, and is one of four factors that increase the chances of you dying in a house fire. These factors, which are highlighted in our SAME campaign, are Smoking, Alcohol, Mobility issues and being Elderly.
“If you, one of your friends or family members are affected by one or more of these factors please contact our Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999 as you/they may need to receive a Safe and Well visit."