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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Smoke Alarm Saved Mans Life

07/08/2012

A smoke alarm that was fitted by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service saved the life of an elderly gentleman yesterday afternoon.

“The occupant had an extremely lucky escape from the fire. If it hadn’t been for the smoke alarm activating and the quick actions of the staff from the vets we could have been reporting a far more serious incident."

Station Manager, Mark Chaplin.

Fire and rescue crews from Tamworth and Tamworth Mercia were called to a fire at a property on Hockley Road in Wilencote at 3.55pm.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using two hose reel jets.

The fire had started due to food that had been left cooking on a hob which had overheated and caught fire whilst the elderly occupant had fallen asleep.

Fortunately the property had been fitted with smoke alarms by the fire service earlier this year.

The alarm activated and was heard next door by staff at a vets practice who rushed round and pulled the man out to safety.

Station Manager Mark Chaplin said: “The occupant had an extremely lucky escape from the fire. If it hadn’t been for the smoke alarm activating and the quick actions of the staff from the vets we could have been reporting a far more serious incident.

“There is no excuse for anybody not to have a working smoke alarm in their home as we provide and fit them free of charge.

“If you hear a smoke alarm activating, please don’t ignore it, if in doubt please call 999.

“We advise people not to cook when they have been drinking alcohol and never to leave cooking unattended as it is very easy to become distracted and that’s when fires start.”

The male casualty was taken to Good Hope Hospital by land ambulance suffering smoke inhalation along with two female casualties who were being treated for mild smoke inhalation.

The incident was closed at 6.15pm