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Reminder on importance of working smoke alarms


Date: 28th November, 2017

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people of the importance of having working smoke alarms, following a fire in Trowbridge at the weekend.

Three crews – from Trowbridge (two) and Melksham – were called to a detached house on Victoria Road at 1.05am on 26 November and found a well-established fire in the ground floor lounge.

The occupant, a man in his 40s, was rescued from a first floor bedroom by firefighters using a ladder. He was taken to hospital by South Western Ambulance Service as he was suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire is believed to have started accidentally, although the exact cause remains under investigation.

Station Manager Damien Bence said: “This gentleman was extremely lucky to have woken up, as there were no working smoke alarms in the property to alert him to the danger. Smoke inhalation is the main cause of fire deaths, so it is vital that you get the earliest possible warning of fire should the worst happen.”

The following top tips should always be followed to help you stay safe in the event of a fire:

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Safe & Well visits – to see whether you qualify, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safe-and-well-visits or call 0800 038 2323.

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