Fire crews issue safety warning following a house fire in Kenilworth

Crews from Leamington and Kenilworth were called to a house fire yesterday on Reeve Drive in Kenilworth.

On arrival crews found smoke issuing from the upstairs bedroom windows. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly entered the property to locate the fire which was found in the kitchen. Luckily crews were able to contain the fire to the kitchen area of the property, but unfortunately as the fire had taken hold quite quickly, there was extensive smoke damage throughout the home, except for one room in the house where the door was closed.

Fortunately, all of the residents had already evacuated the property before our arrival. However, they were very lucky as the batteries from the smoke alarms had been removed and therefore did not give the residents the early warning they needed.

Talking about the fire, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services, Watch Commander, Keith McDermott said:

“We were called to a house fire in Kenilworth at 4.40pm yesterday. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire and managed to stop it from spreading to other parts of the house.

“The fire is believed to have started by a portable air conditioning unit which had been taken down from the loft that day. Our advice would always be to ensure that electrical items are tested regularly before use, especially if it has been stored away in the loft or garage for some time.

“On inspection, there is extensive smoke damage throughout the property, except for the room where the door was closed. This just highlights the importance of closing all of your doors when you leave your property, when you find a fire in your home and when you go to bed at night. It can significantly reduce the smoke and fire damage to your property.

“Finally, I know that we say it all of the time. But working smoke alarms really do save lives! On this occasion, the residents were very lucky. They spotted the fire and were able to get out of the property and call the fire service. However, had this happened during the night, then we could well be talking about fatalities today. So please ensure that you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home – they do save lives!”

For more information on fire safety in the home or to book in a Free Safe and Well Visit, where crews will, where necessary fit smoke alarms and provide key fire safety information and advice to keep you fire safe in your home, visit: http://warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafetycheck