Posted: Monday 16 January 2023, 12:33
A joint police and fire investigation into the cause of an accidental fire at a house in Cromford has found that there weren’t any smoke alarms fitted in the semi-detached property.
Firefighters were called to Willersley Lane at 3:18 am on Saturday 14 January. On entering the property, they discovered a well-developed fire and tragically the body of a 91-year-old woman. Our thoughts and sympathy remain with the family and friends of the deceased at this distressing time.
Fire Investigator, Station Manager Rob Leverton said: “Neighbours called 999 and alerted emergency services to the fire when they woke in the early hours of Saturday morning, coughing due to smoke coming into their bedroom from next door. Emergency 999 fire control operators were able to advise the neighbours to evacuate their house, to wait for the arrival of fire crews and not to attempt to enter the neighbouring property.”
The fire investigation determined that the most likely cause of the accidental fire is attributed to the electrical wiring within the property.
Willersley Lane has now reopened.
Fire Safety Advice
Firefighters will be visiting properties in Willersley Lane this week to speak to residents about fire safety in the home, check they have working smoke alarms and offer reassurance.
The Service would like to remind people of the importance of having smoke alarms fitted in the home.
- Smoke alarms should be fitted on every level of the home.
- Ensure you test your smoke alarms every week and never remove the batteries.
- Have a planned and practiced escape plan for the event of a fire in your home.
- Check elderly relatives, friends, and neighbours smoke alarms – they may be struggling to test them.
For guidance regarding electrical safety in the home visit https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/
For more information about keeping safe from fire visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk where you can check if you, or a member of your family is eligible for a safe and well check in their home.