Smoke alarm allows trio to escape from fire

Duck Street, Tytherington, South Gloucestershire

Three people escaped from a fire in their flat after being alerted by their smoke alarm.

Crews were called after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a flat above a pub. Two fire crews from Thornbury Fire Station found the three people who were inside at the time of the fire were safely outside when they arrived.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property and used a high pressure hose reel to extinguish the fire. It’s believed the blaze started in a tumble drier, causing fire damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to other parts of the flat.

A positive pressure ventilation fan was then used to clear smoke from the property.

The incident highlights the value of a working smoke alarm as it alerted the occupants in the middle of the night and provided them with time to escape in safety.

We advise fitting smoke alarms on at least every level of the home and checking them on a weekly basis to ensure they are operating. Only a working smoke alarm can save your life so it’s vital to check the batteries on a regular basis.

You will find more information about smoke alarms by clicking here.

We also offer free Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters will visit your property to provide advice specific to your needs and circumstances. If required smoke alarms will also be fitted free of charge.