Smoke alarm saves female's life

Cobhorn Drive, Withywood, Bristol

A householder had her smoke alarm to thank for saving her life after a fire broke out in a bedroom.

The female was woken by the alarm after a fire started in an airing cupboard in the room she was asleep in. After waking up, she quickly left the room, closed the door behind her and called for help.

Two fire engines from Bedminster Fire Station attended the incident at the ground floor flat. Once on scene firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property to tackle the well developed fire.

In the short time it took for crews to reach the home, the fire had spread rapidly from the cupboard to the rest of the bedroom, including the bed. Fortunately the smart actions of the householder, who had closed the bedroom door, meant the fire was contained to the room. Crews used a hose reel to bring the blaze under control, although severe damage was caused to the room.

The incident highlights the value of a working smoke alarm, which in this case saved the life of the female who was asleep in the flat. The early warning she received allowed her to escape quickly and safely.

The Red Cross Victim Support unit also attended the incident to provide support to the female occupant of the flat.