Lucky escape for smoker

Freeling House, Prewett Street, Redcliffe, Bristol

A man has had a lucky escape after a fire broke out as he fell asleep while smoking.

The 32-year-old was only alerted to the fire in the first floor flat when his smoke alarm activated.

When crews arrived they found the man suffering from smoke inhalation and he was assisted by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire in the bedroom using one high pressure hose reel.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take care when using smoking materials and never to smoke in bed. Always ensure smoking materials are fully extinguished after use and never put cigarette ends into a waste paper bin.

Fortunately, a working smoke alarm alerted the man to the fire.