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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Smoke Alarm Saves Woman's Life

12/10/2009

A woman was saved by her smoke alarm after a blaze broke broke out in her Moorlands bungalow as she lay in bed.

Paramedics treated the woman for smoke inhalation at the scene after firefighters were called to the property in Waterhouses shortly after 8am this morning.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue's Assistant Area Commander for the Moorlands, Mick Daniels, said: "The woman heard the smoke alarm sound, even though the bedroom doors were shut."

"She looked in the hall and saw smoke which she tracked to the bathroom. She alerted us immediately and evacuated the property."

Two engines from Ipstones and Leek were deployed to the bungalow carrying four breathing apparatus and one high pressure hose which was used.

"It's not too much to say this woman’s smoke alarm saved her life."

Assistant Area Commander for the Moorlands, Mick Daniels

"The fire was isolated to an electrical fault in the shower unit in the bathroom," added Mr Daniels.  "It's not too much to say this woman's smoke alarm saved her life."

"This incident shows the value of getting your shower checked regularly by a qualified electrician.
"The bungalow, although only 25-years-old did not comply to today's electrical installation regulations with regard to safety apparatus."

The woman did not require hospital treatment.  Her husband and son, who live at the bungalow with her, had both used the shower unit earlier in the morning.