Lucky escape for mother and baby after fire

Knight Close, Worle, Weston-super-Mare

A 29 year-old woman and her 18 month-old baby had a lucky escape after a fire at their home.

When firefighters arrived at the property both occupants were already outside unharmed.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and found a fire in the ground floor living room which they extinguished using a high pressure hose reel. A positive pressure ventilation fan was then used to clear the smoke.

It’s thought the fire started accidentally after candles were left burning on a windowsill near to vertical blinds which caught fire.

Fortunately, the property was fitted with a smoke alarm which activated and alerted the occupant, who was sleeping at the time.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to highlight the importance of working smoke alarms. They activate at the first sign of fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape the premises, especially at night. Had there been no smoke alarm fitted it may have been a different story.

Once the occupant was alerted to the fire she managed to get herself and the baby out of the property and dial 999.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take care when using candles. Never leave them burning unattended or close to furnishings as they can get very hot and set fire to nearby furnishings.