Firefighters' vital message after lucky escape


West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to be cautious when smoking after a fire broke out in a development of apartments yesterday evening.

Firefighters from Crawley, Horsham and East Grinstead attended the incident in Southgate, in which one bedroom was completely destroyed.

Crews were called to an automatic fire alarm, and on arrival found smoke issuing from the property. Fortunately, due to the quick action of staff at the development, which provides additional care and support services, all residents were safely evacuated from the premises avoiding serious harm.

Crews arrived within four minutes, promptly extinguishing the fire using six breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet and a safety jet. 

Watch Commander, Lee Walton said: “The crews worked extremely well together and were able to efficiently contain the fire and prevent it from spreading further.

“Smoking inside a property can be a fire risk, so we really urge people to take extra care when doing so. Use a proper heavy bottomed ashtray, never smoke when you feel tired and always ensure you have working smoke alarms that are regularly tested to reduce this risk. The residents of this care home had a lucky escape; as a fire crew it’s always a huge relief when incidents are safely contained without any serious injury to individuals.”  

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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