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House Fire - Holcombe Street, Derby


At 04:28 hours on the 26 May 2017, firefighters from Ascot Drive, Kingsway and Nottingham Road in Derby and a high reach appliance from Burton on Trent, attended a house fire on Holcombe Street, Derby.

One male casualty and one female casualty were taken to hospital by the ambulance service after suffering from smoke inhalation.  Also, one young male casualty was taken to hospital after suffering minor burns. 

On arrival, crews discovered a fire on the first floor of the property that had subsequently spread to the roofs of three other houses in nearby proximity.  The property was fitted with working smoke alarms, which alerted the occupiers to the danger.

A fire investigation has determined that the most probable cause of the fire was electrical equipment that had been left on charge overnight.

Station Manager David Paul said, “It is extremely important that you unplug all electrical appliances when you’re not using them or when you go to bed.  If you read the instruction manual on any official electrical appliance, it will state that they should not be left plugged in when fully charged.

“Thankfully, in this instance the property had working smoke alarms, so occupants were alerted to the danger, allowing them to escape with relatively minor injuries.  However, this could have been very different if it was not for working smoke alarms giving them vital early warning of the fire, allowing them to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following safety advice:

  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them or when you go to bed.
  • Unplugging appliances helps reduce the risk of fire.
  • Never charge appliances when they are fully charged.
  • Have smoke alarms fitted on every level of the home.
  • Test your smoke alarms weekly – only working smoke alarms can give you valuable early warning of a fire, allowing you to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.
  • Have a pre-planned and practised escape plan that everyone in the home is familiar with.
  • In the event of a fire, Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.

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