Four people were taken to hospital after a tablet caused a serious house fire in Staffordshire.
Firefighters were called to the home in Cheslyn Hay, in the south of the county, at 6.30am on March 29 after the fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom.
Two men, a woman and a teenager – three of whom had been rescued from the property – were treated for severe smoke inhalation and taken to hospital.
All of them have since been discharged.
Fire investigators believe the blaze was caused by an electronic tablet which had been stored under a mattress before overheating and catching fire.
Today, April 17, the fire service urged people to ensure people to take care when charging items.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Prevention Delivery Lead Lisa Jenkinson said: “This terrible incident serves as a stark reminder not to leave items charging or store electrical items on materials that could catch fire when hot.
“Please always place phones and tablets on to a safe surface when charging and do not leave items on charge unattended for long periods of time. Turn them off before you go to bed and check any devices that your children use too; to ensure they are charged and stored safely.
“Make sure you buy genuine chargers for your items and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
“Also, take a moment to ensure that your smoke alarms are working correctly and test them regularly. Thankfully, there were working smoke alarms in this home which alerted the family to the fire.”