Warwickshire family have a lucky escape

A Bedworth family had a lucky escape this morning thanks to the early warning they were given by their smoke alarms!

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a roof on fire at The Willows in Bedworth at 3.54am. On arrival they found the roof of the property and the conservatory well alight. Thanks to the early warning from their smoke alarms, the family living in the house were already out of the property before the emergency services arrived. One of the residents suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene. 

Although the fire was quickly extinguished, the roof of the property was completely destroyed. The fire is believed to have started in the conservatory, which then spread to the roof. The cause of the fire is not yet confirmed, but it is believed to have been started by an overloaded plug socket.

Fire crews from Bedworth, Nuneaton and Coleshill attended the incident with support from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service. The crews worked tirelessly to tackle the fire and stop it spreading to neighbouring properties. The Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle also attended to provide advice and support to the occupiers.

Talking about the incident, Paul Bagnall, Group Commander for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“This family were really lucky. They were able to get out of their home before the fire took hold in the very early hours of the morning. Had it not been for working smoke alarms, we could now be reporting on a very different story.

“The message for everyone is simple – your possessions can always be replaced, your loved ones can’t! Make sure you have working smoke detectors fitted on each floor of your home and if you are alerted to a fire ‘Get out, stay out and call 999!

Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Fire Safety, Cllr Andy Crump said: “Incidents like this really do highlight that lives are saved and damage to property is reduced by working smoke alarms. If you don’t have any fitted, then can I please urge you to get a smoke alarm fitted today. They are life savers!”

Crews are now visiting homes in the local area to ensure that residents are made aware of the dangers they face without working smoke alarms in their home.

If you feel that you or anyone you may know would benefit from a free safe and well visit, then log onto https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/safeandwellvisit to find out more.