15:10 Friday 21 February 2014

Roof is destroyed in fire at Draycott home

Written bySARAH BOULD

FIRE FIGHTERS spent all night tackling a ‘severe’ blaze at a house in Draycott in the Clay.

Two crews from Burton Fire Station, along with one from Tutbury and one from Barton attended the scene in Gypsum Way at 8.39pm last night.

They spent more than nine hours tackling the fire which destroyed the roof of the house.

The aerial ladder platform and welfare vehicle from Burton were also called to assist with the incident at the detached property on Hollow Lane, along with the water carrier from Cheadle.

A fire service spokesman confirmed everybody was safe and accounted for.

Reserve crews from Uttoxeter and Barton arrived later and remained overnight. The cause is currently being investigated.

The residents were in the property at the time of the fire but managed to evacuate after hearing loud bangs and then seeing smoke billowing out of the loft.

There was a smoke alarm in the house but it was not working.

Station manager Paul Cullen, who attended the fire, said: “This was an extremely serious incident and dozens of firefighters worked through the night to bring the blaze under control. It spread rapidly and caused major damage to the house.

“The occupants did not have working smoke alarms in the property so were incredibly lucky that they happened to hear the loud bangs which alerted them to the smoke. The consequences could easily have been very different.

“I would like to urge people to fit smoke detectors in their homes and to test them on a regular basis. Taking a few seconds every week to do this could end up saving your and your family’s life.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire risk checks to check to see if smoke alarms are working and will fit a new one if it is not.

The Mail attended the scene of the fire this morning but the people at the house at the time did not wish to comment.

Fire fighters used four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and two main jets to put the blaze out.

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