Fire crews issue safety warning following fire fatality

An 82 year old woman has sadly lost her life in a house fire in the early hours of this morning.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire on Royal Oak Lane in Bedworth at 5.30am, following a call from a neighbouring property, who reported that the smoke alarm was going off.

Arriving at the incident, crews found black smoke issuing from a front bedroom.

Unfortunately despite the best efforts of our firefighters, the woman sadly died at the scene. As well as working with emergency services colleagues to save the life of the resident, due to the severity of the fire, crews also had to work quickly to tackle the blaze to stop it spreading to neighbouring properties.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services Fire investigation Officer, Roland Bayley said: “On arrival our crews carried out a full search of the property, which was already heavily smoke logged and found a woman in the front bedroom. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all of the emergency services involved, the woman died at the scene. Although smoke alarms did activate, it is believed the alarm was raised by neighbouring properties who heard the smoke alarms bleeping.

“An initial investigation into the fire suggests that the fire began in the bedroom and was started by smoking materials.

“Although on this occasion a working smoke alarm didn’t save the resident, it did raise the alarm with neighbouring properties that were able to call us out and stop the fire from spreading further.”

If you know of someone who may be vulnerable or have limited mobility, then please nominate them for a free Safe and Well Visit at https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/safeandwellvisit