NEIGHBOURS in a Moorlands village came to the rescue of a teenager who was in a burning house. Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to an incident in Brookfields Road in Ipstones yesterday afternoon (Tuesday). Three crews arrived at the scene after neighbours had managed to help a 16-year-old male out of the burning property by using a ladder to get to an upstairs window.
A spokesman for the service said: “We were called to an incident in Brookfields Road at 3.36pm. Crews from Leek, Cheadle and Longton attended.
“The initial call informed us that a 16-year-old boy was in the house and we later had reports that neighbours had managed to get a ladder to help him get down from an upstairs window.
“The fire had been in an upstairs room and two firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.”
The spokesman added that two cats were recovered from the property but despite attempts to resuscitate them, sadly did not survive.
The service said last night that they believed the fire was caused by ‘accidental ignition’ but added that the actual cause had yet to be confirmed.
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed that an ambulance and paramedic attended the incident in Ipstones after being called at 3.20pm.
Service spokesman Murray MacGregor said: “We treated a male youth for a minor condition and he was discharged at the scene.”
Brookfields Road was cordoned off to traffic by Staffordshire Police while firefighters tackled and eventually put out the fire.
Mandy Goldstraw, who lives near to the area, said: “I don’t know much about it as I had been at work at the time but did get home to see all the flashing blue lights around the property. I have heard that someone was rescued from the property.”
Ipstones councillor Linda Malyon has praised the bravery of the neighbours who came to the rescue of the teenager.
She said: “It goes to show the strength of community spirit in Ipstones that people could just do what they could to help a neighbour in need. They put others before themselves at a time of most need.
“My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and hope the son quickly recovers from the ordeal.”
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