Woman taken to hospital after fire

Channons Hill, Fishponds, Bristol

A woman was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation following a kitchen fire.

Fire crews from Speedwell Fire Station were alerted after the blaze broke out in the two storey property. On arrival firefighters found a well developed fire in the kitchen, with smoke filling the rest of the property.

Thanks to the actions of dustbin collectors the female occupant of the house was already outside when crews arrived. It's thought she was able to escape onto the flat roof of a bay window as the rubbish collectors were passing by. They were able to help her safely to the ground, before carrying on their round.

The woman, who was believed to be aged in her 50s, was later taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

The fire is thought to have started accidentally as a result of a fault involving the fridge. As there were no smoke alarms in the house, the occupier was only woken by the sounds of the fire. Doors upstairs and downstairs were also left open which allowed the smoke to spread more quickly.

Smoke alarms should be fitted on all storeys of the home and checked every week to ensure they are working. As part of your bedtime routine all interior doors should also be closed as this slows the speed at which a fire and smoke can spread.