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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Smoke Alarm Alerts Family to Barge Fire

27/06/2012

A smoke detector fitted by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service saved the life of a mother and daughter when it alerted them to a fire on their narrowboat this morning.

“If it had not been for the smoke alarm we could be reporting a far more serious incident.  We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home.”

Station Manager, Jim Bywater.

Fire and rescue crews from Barton under Needwood and Burton were called to the incident on Barton Marina at 3.35am.

The boat was heavily smoke logged and firefighters ventilated it. The occupants had made their own way off the boat to safety by the time fire crews arrived.

Station Manager Jim Bywater said: “The occupants of the boat had a very lucky escape due to the smoke alarm which activated alerting them to the fire. The alarm was recently fitted by fire crews when they visited the marina.

“If it had not been for the smoke alarm we could be reporting a far more serious incident.  We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home.”

The cause of the fire was believed to be accidental due to an electrical fault.

Firefighters left the scene at 5.44am.