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Six People Escape From Accidental House Fire Thanks To Working Smoke Alarms


Derbyshire firefighters attended a fire at a domestic property in Chesterfield last night, with a fire investigation concluding that the most probable cause was an accidental fire caused by smoking materials.

On 4 May 2017 at 20:44 hours, firefighters from Chesterfield, Staveley, Clay Cross and Clowne were called to attend a fire in a three storey property made up of several flats, on St Helens St, Chesterfield. Thankfully all six occupants were alerted to the fire and were able to get out of their flats safely, before the arrival of the fire service, without suffering any injuries or smoke inhalation. Firefighters worked in difficult conditions to bring the fire under control, wearing Breathing Apparatus and using hose reel jets to extinguish the fire. 

Station Manager Richard Wort who attended the incident said: “In 2016 alone, we attended 27 separate fires were the source of ignition was identified as some form of smoking materials. Thankfully on this occasion, the flats all had working smoke alarms which alerted all six occupants to the danger, allowing them the vital time needed to get out, stay out and call 999.”

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

  • Make sure cigarettes are fully extinguished. Put it out, right out!
  • Never smoke whilst in bed and take extra care when you’re tired. It’s very easy to fall asleep when your cigarette is still burning.
  • Never smoke indoors when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you may be less able to escape.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended, they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
  • Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of material that won’t burn.
  • Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them weekly. Only working smoke alarms can give you vital early warning of a fire.
  • Have a pre-planned and practiced escape plan that everyone in the home is aware of.
  • If you have a fire, Get Out, Stay Out and call 999.

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