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Parent Returns to Smoke Logged House

A woman who returned home to find her property smoke logged required oxygen therapy after she decided to enter the building before firefighters arrived.

Neighbours alerted the Fire Service to the blaze at Berwick Walk in Newcastle at 3.34pm yesterday, Thursday.

"In such a situation our message is clear, stay out of the property, don’t go inside and take a risk, call the emergency services and leave it to the experts."

Andy Kinsman, Assistant Area Commander, Newcastle

Reports suggested the smoke alarm had been sounding for 15 minutes inside the empty property.

Two appliances from Newcastle attended the incident with crews having to thoroughly ventilate the building.

Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle, Andy Kinsman, said: “Food had been left on the oven cooking while the woman had gone to collect her child from school.

"When she returned the property was filled with smoke but she decided to go back inside, along with the child."

Andy added firefighters were at the scene within five minutes of receiving the call and, once there, had to treat the woman for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Ambulance paramedics carried out a precautionary check of the occupant at the scene but she did not require hospital treatment.

"In such a situation our message is clear, stay out of the property, don’t go inside and take a risk, call the emergency services and leave it to the experts," said Andy.