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Parrot Brought To Safety After Fire At A House In St Helens

Monday, 23 June 2014
Speakman Road, St Helens
Firefighters extinguished a fire in a kitchen of a house.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 9.34am to Speakman Road, Dentons Green, near St Helens, on Monday, June 23.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, which involved an electrical socket, kitchen units, tumble dryer and washing machine, all of which were severely damaged by fire. Part of an adjoining property also had light smoke damage. There were no reports of any injuries.

The suspected cause of the fire was an electrical fault. Firefighters carried out a Home Fire Safety Check while at the property where the fire started and gave fire safety advice to people in the road in neighbouring properties.

Watch Manager Mike Costello, who attended the call-out with Blue Watch at Eccleston Community Fire Station, said: "On arrival firefighters rapidly deployed into the property to tackle the fire and stop it spreading. This fire had the potential to spread to other properties and it was only the quick work by firefighters that stopped the fire damaging a larger area.

"The property where the fire started had a working smoke alarm which activated and no-one was inside the property when we arrived. We advise people have working smoke alarms on each level of their home and they test them each week by pressing the test button. If you discover a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

"We also advise people have an escape route planned in their home and everyone who is in the property knows the escape route in case a fire does start.

"We also brought a parrot to safety from the property. It was really thick smoke in the property and the parrot was luckily in a room which had the door closed, preventing fire and smoke getting to it. We urge people to close doors in the property before they go to bed and when they go out."

A fire appliance from Eccleston Community Fire Station and one from St Helens Community Fire Station attended the call-out.

Firefighters had left the scene, following their fire safety awareness-raising work by 1.07pm. Firefighters visited 36 properties and completed 11 Home Fire Safety Checks during their fire safety awareness-raising work.

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