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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Smoke Alarm Saves Man's Life

05/10/2011

A man in Tamworth had a lucky escape thanks to a smoke alarm which activated, alerting him to a fire in his home.

“This incident highlights the importance of a having a working smoke alarm. If it wasn’t for the smoke alarm we could be reporting a far more serious situation.”  

Station Manager, Neil Burton.

The man had been out drinking yesterday evening and returned home to his flat on Coleshill Street in Fazeley when he fell asleep on his sofa holding a lit cigarette.

The cigarette ignited the sofa causing a fire in the living room. Fortunately the property was fitted with a working smoke alarm which activated and woke up the occupant.

Fire crews from Tamworth received the call reporting the incident at around 11:30pm and were informed that people maybe inside the building.

Upon arrival firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the flat for possible casualties but the occupant had already made his way out to safety.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire to the living room of the flat and prevented it from spreading to the adjoining flats.

Station Manager, Neil Burton said: “This incident highlights the importance of a having a working smoke alarm. If it wasn’t for the smoke alarm we could be reporting a far more serious situation.”

Firefighters extinguished the fire and left the scene at around 2:20am.

The Service will be launching its Push the Button campaign next week, which will remind people to check their smoke alarms on a weekly basis. The campaign is driven by the fact that although nine out of ten household have smoke alarms a shocking seven out of ten don’t test them.