No working smoke alarms at terraced house fire in Redditch
Two Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Redditch were called to reports of a terraced house fire at around 12:15 on 3 February 2019.
On arrival, the crews were faced with a significant fire in the ground floor kitchen of the property and heavy smoke logging throughout the house.
Through quick and professional actions, two firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property and quickly extinguished the fire and ventilated the rest of the house. Thankfully, the resident had managed to escape the property without any injuries, closing the door behind them, stopping the fire from spreading.
Station Commander Jon Laight said: "The excellent work of the Redditch Crews today stopped this incident from escalating into a much more serious fire. The resident did the right thing in closing doors behind them as they left the house but did not have any working smoke alarms.
"Having smoke alarms would have alerted them to the fire much earlier and possibly less damage to the kitchen, house and importantly less risk to themselves during the day and night."
HWFRS is encouraging everyone to make sure they have enough smoke alarms in the home and that they work. It only takes a few seconds and saves lives.
To keep your alarms in working order:
- check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old
- make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
- test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every week
- fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and near bedrooms. Also consider rooms which have electrical appliances – eg a heater or charger, or other fire risks
- take a moment to check on those closest to you who may need help to ensure they're fully protected.
If you have a family friend, or a relative that would benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Check then give us a call on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference NEWS to see if they qualify for a check.