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Firefighters remind residents to fit smoke alarms

20 March 2013

Firefighters from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are reminding residents about the importance of working smoke alarms, following an incident on Thursday night (14 March).

Crews from East Hull Fire Station were called to a house on Mirfield Grove in Hull, where are fire had started due to an electrical fault on a socket connected to the washing machine spreading to fabrics nearby.

No smoke alarms where fitted in the property and the occupier was only alerted to the fire as they came down to the kitchen to warm up a bottle for their baby. The fire was extinguished by the occupier and they quickly called the fire service who, on arrival, isolated the electricity supply.

Richard Mason, Community Safety Manager for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fortunately the occupier managed to stop the flames from spreading, but this fire could have easily spread quickly had they not needed to come down to the kitchen. This really stresses the importance of having working smoke alarm fitted in the home.”

Firefighters isolated the electricity supply and ventilated the kitchen. Richard continued: “This family have been very lucky, the fire broke out when everyone was sleeping so it could have been undetected for some time and the outcome could have been very different. Working smoke alarms give an early warning should a fire break out and I urge resident to ensure they have them fitted in their homes.”

Smoke detectors can be bought from DIY stores and major supermarkets. Humberside Fire and Rescue Service ask residents to fit working smoke alarms on each level of their home and test they are in good working order on a weekly basis.