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Safety checks after fatal Stafford blaze

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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FIREFIGHTERS have had a good response to their offer of free home fire risk checks following a house fire that claimed the life of a Stafford woman.

Alison Hatton, aged 53, died in the incident at Tamar Grove on May 14.

An investigation revealed the blaze was caused by a cigarette which had been dropped onto a settee and started smouldering before developing into a larger fire.

Crews have since visited properties in the area and nine have now benefitted from checks as a result of the 'After the Fire' initiative.

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Carmel Warren, prevention manager, said: "Our crews were out in force following the tragic incident in Tamar Grove.

"The aim is to educate people about potential risks that can be found in the home and to offer advice on how these dangers can be minimised."

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