Family escape home blaze thanks to being alerted by smoke alarms

A FAMILY escaped a fire in their home in Burton-on-Trent thanks to smoke alarms alerting them to the blaze early on.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Clough Drive shortly after 9.30 last night (July 9), and two crews from the town attended.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets to put out the blaze, which started in the converted garage of the property.

The fire was contained to the garage area because the doors to the rest of the house were closed, so the fire was prevented from spreading and the occupiers were able to get out safely through the front door. 

Fire Investigation Officer Rob Horton said: “We believe the fire was caused by an electrical fault in the garage. 

“Fortunately the family were out of the building when we arrived because of the working smoking alarms. This just goes to show how important it is to have working smoke alarms on every floor of your property. 

“The family also closed all the doors at night, which is exactly what we encourage people to do because it minimises the spread of fire and smoke, giving you more time to exit the building and reach your escape route.”

Fore more information on home safety call Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999