Tragedy averted in Rugby house fire as neighbours raise the alarm!

Fire crews from Rugby are praising the quick actions of a neighbour who called the emergency services to a house fire on Northcote Road in New Bilton this morning.

Crews were called to a house fire at around 8.24am. On arrival they saw smoke issuing from a house and quickly gained entry to the property. The fire was located in the kitchen area and firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to put the fire out. Although the people living in the house were out at the time, fortunately for them the neighbour heard their smoke alarms bleeping and called the emergency services.

Talking about the incident, Response Commander for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Adam Coope said:

“We know that working smoke alarms save lives, which is why we are constantly telling people just that. However, on this occasion, the smoke alarms activating in the house fire meant that a neighbour was alerted quickly and was able to call 999. This ensured that we were able to respond quickly to the fire and stop it from spreading any further. So whether the neighbour realises it or not, they really are the hero of the day!

The fire is believed to have been caused by an overheated or faulty kitchen appliance. Our advice would always be to ensure that kitchen appliances are unplugged when you go to bed at night or when you leave the property.

For more information on fire safety in the home log onto http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homefiresafety