Man can thank neighbours for lucky escape

A combination of a working smoke alarm, caring neighbours and fast-acting firefighters ensured a man was rescued safely from his home.

A crew from Southmead and Patchway fire stations were called after residents living in a two-storey block of flats heard a smoke alarm activating and called 999.

Firefighters banged on the door to rouse any occupants of property, but decided to force entry when they noticed wispy smoke coming from the letterbox. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus made a search of the flat where they found a man asleep on the sofa, oblivious to the drama unfolding around him.

His home had started to fill with smoke after he put sausages in the oven, before falling asleep. Crews walked him to safety where he received oxygen therapy for firefighters and paramedics on scene.

More than 50% of all accidental house fires in the Avon area start in the kitchen - many as a result of unattended cooking. Thankfully in this incident the man had a working smoke alarm which sounded, alerting his neighbours to the fire.

Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke can be enough to render an adult unconscious and eventually kill. So, if you are tired or have been drinking please avoid cooking altogether.