Family’s fortunate escape prompts smoke alarm warning from fire service

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to have working smoke alarms after a fire at a family home.


Release date: 16 February 2018

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to have working smoke alarms in their properties after one family were alerted to a house fire yesterday (15 February).

Crews from Littlehampton and Worthing were mobilised to an incident in Rustington at 6.44am, after reports of a television on fire had been made via 999 calls to Sussex Control Centre.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire in the lounge of the property using hose reels and thermal imaging cameras.

Speaking of the incident, Station Manager, Lee Street, said: “The family were alerted to the fire by their smoke alarms and consequently evacuated the property and called for emergency services.

“If they had not have had working smoke alarms, the outcome of this incident could have been very different – therefore we urge everyone reading this to test their alarms once a week and to have detection on every level of their property. 

“We also encourage people to register their appliance. By doing this, individuals will be made aware of any repairs or recalls on their purchases – minimising the risk of faulty products and potential fire risks.”

The cause of the fire is being treated as accidental – although an investigation is currently underway.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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