Release date: 16 August 2019
Firefighters in Chichester would like to thank residents for their quick thinking after a fire in a property on Thursday afternoon.
Crews from Chichester, Bognor Regis and Selsey were mobilised to the incident on Lennox Road, Chichester, at 3.37pm following reports of a fire in a residential flat, with the first crew from Chichester arriving on scene within five minutes.
Upon arrival they found smoke issuing from a window of the property.
Rescuing an adult male from the property trapped by fire, they handed him over to SECAmb paramedics, before bringing the well-developed fire in the flat under control.
Marc Lancaster, Chichester D Watch Crew Manager, said: “I would like to thank the residents living alongside the property involved in this incident. If it were not for their quick thinking the outcome could have been a lot worse.
“It was a particularly challenging incident, but they remained calm and assisted our crews in any way that they could.
“In particular I would like to extend my thanks to the person who raised the alarm after hearing the property’s smoke alarm going off.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of having a working smoke alarm fitted to your property. In this instance it alerted neighbours that something was wrong. I would urge all residents to make sure they check their smoke alarm is working at least once a week.
“If you are in any doubt, or know someone who would benefit from a Safe and Well visit from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, please do get in touch.”
For more information visit our Safe and Well Visit pages.