Rugby man escapes his burning home thanks to his smoke alarm

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FIREFIGHTERS were called to a house in Rugby which could have been caused by an electrical fault.

An emergency call was received at about 7.05pm on Wednesday night to a house in Gibson Road.

On arrival crews were faced with a fire which was quickly spreading from the utility cupboard downstairs in the house.

The house was heavily smoke logged, but the resident was able escape unharmed thanks to the early warning of his smoke alarm.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but the house has been affected by smoke and fire damage. The resident was supported by the Fire and Emergency Support Service which is a volunteer service run by The British Red Cross.

Crew commander, Andy Stevens said: “This is one of those occasions when you turn up to an incident and are pleased that residents have been able to escape without being hurt, all because they have invested in a £5 smoke alarm. Had they not been given that early warning, we may now be looking at a very different story as the house was already heavily smoke logged by the time we arrived.

“Crews are now visiting homes in the local area to ensure that residents are made aware of the dangers they face without working smoke alarms in their home.”

Andy continued: “Sometimes it takes something happening near resident’s homes for them to realise that a fire can happen anywhere.

Unfortunately many residents often put off installing safety devices such as smoke alarms or planning their escape route until it is too late. In this instance we really do have something to shout about and so I would urge all residents to make sure they have a working smoke alarm in their home whilst this incident is fresh in their mind.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it is believed it may have been an electrical fault.

To help keep you and your family safe from fire, Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue provide free home fire safety checks and, where necessary, install free smoke alarms. For further information please call (01926) 466282 or log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue.