Lucky escape after smoke alarm alerts family to fire

Stanley Road, Warmley, Bristol

Five people have had a lucky escape after a smoke alarm activating woke them early in the morning.

When firefighters arrived at the house they found a 34-year-old woman suffering from smoke inhalation and burns to her foot and hand. She was given oxygen therapy by crews, who also treated her burns. She was not taken to hospital.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and tackled the fire in the first floor bedroom using a high pressure hose reel. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear the smoke.

It appears the woman and her partner, a man in his 30s, were asleep when their smoke detector went off. As they awoke they found their bed on fire and managed to get two other adults, a man and a woman in their 20s, and a 14-year-old boy out of the property.

The fire started accidentally as a result of a faulty heater.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the importance of working smoke detectors. This incident clearly demonstrates how a smoke alarm can alert people to a fire, giving them time to get out of the property.

As the occupants were asleep at the time of the fire, without a smoke alarm to wake them, the situation could have developed into something much worse.