Firefighters issue smoke alarm warning following one family’s lucky escape

 
Last updated:
16 December 2016

Firefighters are urging people to take extra care this Christmas after being called out to a fire in a property that had no working smoke alarm.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning (14th December) crews were called to a house fire in Newtown Avenue, Bognor, reporting that all people were accounted for and had evacuated the building.
 
Two crews from Bognor were mobilised, with the first appliance on scene within four minutes.

Crews found smoke issuing from the ground floor due to a fire underneath the staircase, involving the electrical consumer unit, which was completely destroyed.

Fortunately, the family woke up in the early stages of the fire and crews arrived promptly to extinguish the fire, wearing breathing apparatus before it spread.
 
Watch Manager Jon Etherington said: “The family were extremely lucky that they woke up and discovered the developing fire underneath the staircase as they didn’t have a working smoke alarm in the property. If they had not have woken up it could have had a very different outcome.

“During this festive season fire risks can increase, with decorations being put up, presents exchanged and large meals cooked. We are urging people to get smoke alarms and test them regularly as it could potentially save their lives and homes.”

For more information on fire safety in the home click here: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service/home-safety-advice/

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