Lucky escape from kitchen fire for Nuneaton residents!

Nuneaton residents were lucky to escape with no serious injuries after an electrical fire in their home, despite having no smoke alarms installed.

Our Fire Control received the call just after 10:50am to report a house fire on Alexandra Road in Nuneaton. Crews from Nuneaton, Bedworth and Atherstone quickly attended the incident and on arrival found the kitchen was well alight and the house was filled with smoke. Luckily everyone had managed to get out of the property safely. Crews entered the property in breathing apparatus and used hose reel jets and covering jets to extinguish the blaze. West Midlands Ambulance Service attended for medical assessment at the scene.

Talking about the incident, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Crew Commander, Matthew Hibbert said: “The fire is believed to have been started by an electrical fault in the kitchen. Fortunately the occupiers were awake so were alerted to the smoke, but if this had been at night we could have been looking at a very different story. Having working smoke alarms on every floor of your property is essential. Batteries should never be taken out for use in something else, and they should be tested regularly. Pressing that red button once a week for #testittuesday only takes a moment!

“What people don’t realise is that faulty electrical items are a leading cause of fire which is why it is so important to register your appliances. You can do this quickly and easily online at registermyappliance.org.uk. By registering your appliances, you are taking steps to avoiding a devastating fire in your home. Also, if you have any concerns about an appliance not running properly or making a funny noise don’t just ignore it; seek professional advice.”

Local crews will be fitting smoke alarms in the property and talking to local residents about fire safety following the incident. If you know someone vulnerable or with children aged five and under and they could benefit from a Safe and Well visit by one of our team visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafetycheck. During the visit we will provide you with fire safety advice, check that your smoke alarms are working and replace/install new ones if needed.

For further information about fire safety in the home please visit: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homefiresafety