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Dog dies after Denton house fire caused by cardboard box

Borough: Tameside

Incident Date: 17 February 2016

A DOG has died and a house has been badly damaged after a fire caused by a cardboard box on a hob.

The Staffordshire terrier perished following the blaze at a house on Ardenfield, Denton, at around 1.12pm on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Crew from Stalybridge, Hyde, and Ashton fire stations were called to the house after the fire ripped through the kitchen and into a bedroom above.

There was nobody in the house at the time and it’s unknown whether a smoke alarm sounded, but a neighbour who went to investigate after smelling smoke was treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene.

Firefighters are now warning people never to put flammable items on top of hobs or cookers as accidents can so easily happen.

Watch Manager Steve Hoyles, from Stalybridge Fire Station, said: “What we think happened is that one of the occupiers put a cardboard box on top of a ceramic hob and in doing so accidentally caught the button which switched on the heat.

“He went out and the fire developed quite viciously. It burnt up though the kitchen ceiling into the bedroom above where there was a boiler and caused the copper piping and soldering to fail so there was water everywhere.

“There was fire damage to the kitchen and bedroom and smoke damage throughout the house. We’ve requested our volunteer Post Incident Team to attend who can assist in clearing up the debris.”

Firefighters extinguished the fire using hose reels and tried to revive the dog but unfortunately it didn’t survive. 

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “I would urge people to never place flammable items on top of a hob or cooker as accidents like this can so easily happen and they really are devastating for those involved.

“Fortunately nobody was injured but the occupiers now have to come to terms with the loss of their pet and face the damage caused to their home.

“Please ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and that you check them regularly. For information about booking a free Safe and Well assessment at your home, call 0800 555 815 or visit manchesterfire.gov.uk.” 

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:23
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