Firefighters are urging people not to remove batteries from their smoke alarms after a young family had a fortunate escape from a fire at their house in Hurstpierpoint this morning (8 July).
West Sussex Fire & Rescue attended the terraced house in West Terrace Hurstpierpoint at 4.30 am. On arrival crews found that a fire in a garden shed had spread to the roof of the house.
The adjacent terraced house roof void and loft were also damaged by fire.
Fire crews from Hurstpierpoint, Henfield and Brighton used 8 breathing apparatus, 4 hose reels and the arial ladder platform to extinguish the fire.
Following an investigation by fire officers it was discovered the batteries had been removed from the first floor smoke detector.
Fire Investigation Officer for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Richard Bradley said:
"A smoke alarm can give you those extra minutes of warning to a developing fire, but only if it is working. Never remove batteries from smoke alarms. Without a battery in it, it's is just a piece of plastic on your ceiling."
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