Narrowboat fire cause identified following investigation

Narrowboat fire caused by open multi fuel burner door

Following yesterdays report about the lady and her dog who sadly died in a fire on her narrow boat the investigation team have released their findings into the cause of the fire.

To recap, Staffordshire Fire Control received a report of a narrowboat fire at 1.53am on Thursday 22nd February 2018. The barge was moored on the Trent and Mersey Canal near the Star Inn in Stone.

Crews attended from Stone and Longton whereby breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets where used to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters rescued the woman from within the boat and gave her CPR.  Sadly despite their best efforts the lady died at the scene and her dog also died as a result of the incident.

The woman is believed to be Alexandra Bennett, aged 57, who resided on the narrowboat. Her family are aware of her death and are being offered support by specially trained police officers.

A joint fire investigation took place with West Midlands Fire Service and Staffordshire Police. The investigation found that the fire started accidentally, after a multi-fuel burner door was left open and a lit item fell onto nearby carpet.

Paul Shaw, Fire Investigation Officer, said:

“Tragically, despite our best efforts a woman died as a result of this fire and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

“Staff from the Service’s Prevent team will be out in the area in coming days speaking to other barge residents about keeping safe in their homes.

“We’d urge all canal barge residents to review their fire safety and if they have any concerns they can contact our Community Advice Team for guidance and support on 0800 0241 999.”


One Comment

  1. Thank you for the speedy report. Although my boat passed the BSC earlier this year I would welcome advive from the Fire Service. I was offered this by Hertfordshire Fire Services two years ago, however I was on my way North at the time.
    Do you offer advicory visits to boats. If so, then I would welcome a visit as I shall shortly be travelling to your area and could contact you as I pass through. Let me have a contace telephone number to arrange an appointment.
    So far as I am aware Hertfordshire Fire Brigade left notes offering the service to narrowboat owners and this is to be welcomed

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