Three escape fire through bungalow window

Alexandra Road, Coalpit Heath

Two adults and a child escaped through a bedroom window after a fire broke out in their home.

Three fire engines were called to reports of the blaze in the kitchen area of a bungalow. Once on scene firefighters found two adults in their 20s and a young child outside the property after climbing through a window when they found their escape route blocked.

It’s thought the fire started accidentally after a box of crisps was placed on a hob which had accidentally been turned on. The heat caused the box to catch fire. It’s believed the occupants made an effort to move the box from the kitchen which then caused the fire to spread to the hallway, blocking their exit.

All three were then able to climb through a window to escape from the house.

Once on scene firefighters in breathing apparatus used a high pressure hose reel to tackle the fire. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear smoke from the property.

The man was treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation and burns suffered to his feet in the fire. He was later taken to hospital. The woman was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation but did not need hospital treatment; the child was unhurt.

The incident highlights the importance of planning an escape plan that you and your family would be able to put into action if a fire broke out in your home. It’s important to also identify an alternative plan in case your normal route is blocked by smoke or fire.

If you discover a fire don’t try to tackle it yourself  - get out, stay out and call 999.

For more advice on how you and your family can plan an escape route click here.