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House Fire - Main Street Newhall

19/May/2017

At 21.49 hours on the 18 May 2017, firefighters Swadlincote and Burton attended a house fire on Main Street, Newhall. 

On arrival of the fire crews, one female had been assisted out of the property, via a ladder to the upstairs front bedroom window, by a neighbour who had alerted the occupant to the fire. The female was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by ambulance. 

A fire investigation has determined that the most probable cause of the fire was discarded smoking materials. 

Station Manager Chris Smith said: “There weren’t any working smoke alarms fitted into the property, therefore the occupant was extremely lucky that a neighbour was able to raise the alarm and assist in rescuing the lady and getting her to safety.” 

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

  • 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.
  • Ensure cigarettes are put out, right out before you leave them.
  • Don't leave a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe lying around. They can easily fall over and start a fire.
  • Take extra care if you smoke when you’re tired, taking prescription drugs, or if you’ve been drinking.  You might fall asleep and set your sofa, or bed on fire.
  • Use a proper ashtray that won’t tip over and is made of a material that won’t burn.
  • In the event of a fire, Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.

For more information about keeping safe visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk You can also follow our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter for regular fire safety advice and information.

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