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Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service Issues Safety Advice Following Serious Fire in Ashbourne

Following a serious fire in Ashbourne, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people of the importance of having working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan in place.  

At 03.42 hours yesterday (Tuesday, 14 March), firefighters from Ashbourne, Wirksworth and Kingsway responded to a fire at a property on North Avenue, Ashbourne.  

Upon arrival, crews located a fire in a ground floor kitchen area. The three occupants, living in flats above, were rescued. 

One man was taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation. No further information is available.  

A fire investigation has concluded the most probable cause of the fire to be accidental electrical.  

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is encouraging everyone to make fire safety a priority by ensuring they have enough working smoke alarms in their homes and that they test them weekly.  

To keep your alarms in working order: 

  • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home 
  • Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every week 
  • Change the batteries every year. Only remove the batteries to replace them.  
  • Fit smoke alarms in the right place - on landings and hallways and near bedrooms.  Also consider fitting them in rooms which have electrical appliances – e.g. a heater or charger – or other fire risks.  

Every household should also have an escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. For advice on planning for an emergency, visit

You can also carry out a review of fire safety in your home by completing a DIY home fire safety check at