Smoke detectors raise alarm to fire

South Road, Redland, Bristol

A man has been alerted to a fire in his electricity consumer unit after the smoke detectors in his flat activated.

On arrival at the incident crews found the occupant, a man in his 40s, outside the property and unharmed.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and found a fire in the consumer unit. They tackled it using a Co2 extinguisher.

It appears the occupant had been taking a shower when the smoke alarms activated, alerting him to the fire. He then raised the alarm, alerted a neighbour and called 999. Both were able to get out of the property safely.

AF&RS would like to remind people about the importance of working smoke alarms. They provide an early warning that a fire has broken out and give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night.

It’s thought the fire started accidentally as a result of an electrical fault.