Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have launched a smoke alarm plea after a Tamworth house fire

Written by on November 27, 2019

A house fire which roared through an entire home has led to a new plea from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue for people to check that their smoke alarms work.

Crews from Tamworth, Tutbury, Chase Terrace, Cannock, Lichfield and the aerial ladder platform from Longton attended a house in Deer Park Road, Fazeley, last Sunday (November 24).

Firefighters used three hose reel jets, a main jet and wore six breathing apparatus to tackle the fire.

A house fire in Fazeley, Tamworth (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue)
There was no one in the house at the time but two dogs in the property managed to escape through a door flap before crews arrived and are safe and well.

A fire investigation was carried out and found the blaze started due to a fault in an electrical consumer unit in the hallway.

However, during the incident it was discovered that there were no working smoke alarms in the property.

Fire investigation officer Gary Fox said: “Thankfully, no one was inside when this fire started which meant no one was hurt. However, the house is severely damaged by fire and the residents will not be able to return for some time.

“This incident serves as a reminder to always ensure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them regularly.”

Crews from Tamworth, Tutbury, Chase Terrace, Cannock and Lichfield were in attendance (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue)
Since the incident last weekend Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have urged the public to fit smoke alarms in their homes.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said: “For maximum protection an alarm should be fitted in every room (except bathrooms). You should choose the type most suited to the risk in each room.

“If your home has more than one floor, at least one alarm should be fitted on each level.

“A few minutes of your time during the year will ensure that your alarm is working and could help save your life and the lives of your family. You should test your smoke alarm every week, once a year change the battery (unless it’s a 10 year alarm) and after 10 years it’s best to get a new alarm.”

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From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/staffordshire-fire-rescue-launched-smoke-17324769


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