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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Smoke Alarm Alerts Family of Five to Flat Fire

08/05/2012

A smoke alarm has alerted a family of five to a fire in their ground floor flat in Perton.

"The smoke alarm activated, alerting the family to the incident, giving them valuable time to safely evacuate the property. Smoke alarms really are life savers as this incident has highlighted."

Station Manager, Neil Burton

Firefighters were alerted to the incident on Coleridge Drive shortly after 1am this morning. Crews from Codsall and Wolverhampton attended and on arrival found that the family of five and their pet dog had already evacuated the property. One man suffering with smoke inhalation was given oxygen therapy by firefighters.

Station Manager, Neil Burton said: "The incident involved curtains in the lounge which had set on fire.

"The smoke alarm activated, alerting the family to the incident, giving them valuable time to safely evacuate the property. Smoke alarms really are life savers as this incident has highlighted."

Firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire which has caused some smoke damage and fire damage to carpet and curtains in the lounge.

Crews left the incident at approximately 3am and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.