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Press Release - Smoke alarms alert neighbours to Exeter fire
Posted on 06/02/2018

Smoke alarms previously fitted by the fire service alerted neighbours to a serious house fire in Exeter.

The neighbours called 999 when they heard the alarms at 4.30am on Saturday morning and crews led the elderly female occupant to safety and rescued two dogs uninjured.

Watch Manager Lee Blackburn, of Red Watch Danes Castle, said: “Praise must be given to the quick thinking neighbours who heard the smoke detector sounding and after being unable to raise the occupant called for the fire service.

“The fact that this incident ended well is purely down to having good working smoke detectors fitted, something we strongly urge everyone to do. As well as checking your own detectors people are asked to ensure that detectors are fitted for elderly relatives and checked for operation regularly.”

Don't let yourself or your loved ones be the next victim of fire. Follow our simple steps and reduce the risk:

  1. Fit a working smoke alarm
  2. Take care when cooking and never leave cooking food unattended
  3. Plan and practise your escape route
  4. Make a bedtime check
  5. Don't overload sockets
  6. Put cigarettes right out
  7. Use candles carefully
  8. Have your chimney swept regularly

Three crews from Exeter’s Danes Castle and Middlemoor fire stations were called to the address in Pennsylvania to a reported house fire with an elderly female occupant and her two dogs trapped inside.

On arrival, crews found the house severely smoke logged with fire in the first floor bedroom and bathroom. The elderly resident was led to safety and taken to the RD&E hospital for a precautionary check, both dogs were rescued uninjured and left with a neighbour.

The fire was found to have started in an electric blanket which spread to the bedding and mattress. It was quickly extinguished using a hose reel and the property ventilated with a positive pressure fan.

Lee added: “We offer free home fire safety checks. The check takes no longer than five minutes after which you may be offered a home fire safety visit. The visit takes less than 30 minutes, we provide advice and fit a free smoke detector if required.

“You are important to us. If you would like a free home fire safety check please call 0800 05 02 999.”

More information is available on our Home Fire Safety Page



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