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House Fire Extinguished And Reassurance Visits Carried Out, St Helens

Sunday, 24 February 2013
Prescot Road, St Helens.
Firefighters extinguished a fire in a first floor bedroom of a property.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 1.37am on Sunday, February 24, to Prescot Road, St Helens.

Watch Manager Alan Moore, who attended the call-out and is based at Eccleston Community Fire Station, said: “The suspected cause of the fire was a suspected electrical fault with a heating appliance. Around 80% of the bedroom and its contents were severely damaged by fire. No smoke alarms were present in the property. A neighbour could smell smoke and saw smoke billowing out of the house.

“Smoke alarms give you the vital seconds you need to escape a fire. We used fans to clear the smoke in the property and also carried out a Home Fire Safety Check at a neighbouring property.

“We also carried out reassurance visits during Sunday in the immediate area following this fire to highlight fire safety messages. We carried out Home Fire Safety Checks at 15 properties in total.”

Two high pressure hoses were used to extinguish the flames. Firefighters also searched the property to make sure no-one was inside.

A man was taken to Whiston Hospital for checks.

An appliance from Eccleston Community Fire Station attended the call-out.

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