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Fire Safety And Reassurance Campaign To Take Place On March 5 Following House Fire In Toxteth

Fire Safety And Reassurance Campaign To Take Place On March 5 Following House Fire In Toxteth


Wednesday, 04 March 2015

A fire safety and reassurance campaign will take place on Thursday, March 5, following a fire at a house in Toxteth.

The reassurance campaign will include important safety messages including having working smoke alarms on each level of the home.

Five fire appliances are expected to take part in the campaign on March 5 along with fire prevention staff and partner agencies.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS) was called to Whittier Street at 12.20am on Wednesday, February 25. There were no working smoking alarms in the property.

The reassurance and fire safety campaign on March 5 takes place in Whittier Street and roads surrounding the street including some on Smithdown Road. Around 300 properties are being targeted.

The campaign takes place on Thursday afternoon, March 5, after 2pm.

Station Manager Paul Kay said: “Reassurance and fire safety campaigns are an important way of our firefighters and fire prevention staff highlighting important fire safety messages.

“In the call-out on February 25, the fire at the property had extinguished itself before firefighters were called.

“Sadly, the body of an 87-year-old man was found at the scene.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing. Initially the suspected cause was accidental due to a cigarette. After further investigation it is suspected that the cause of the fire was accidental but that food cooking on a hob may have also been involved in fire.”

Mike Buratti, MF&RS District Prevention Manager for Liverpool South, said: “In line with our general fire safety advice, we urge people to take care when using cigarettes or other smoking materials such as pipes and to ensure that they are extinguished fully in an appropriate ashtray that will not topple over.

“We are also urging people never to leave food cooking unattended in the kitchen even if it is just for a moment. Fires involving food can spread quickly and produce a lot of smoke.

“People can request a Home Fire Safety Check or refer others for a Home Fire Safety Check by calling 0800 731 5958 or going to www.merseyfire.gov.uk . They can also seek fire safety advice by contacting that number and going on to the website.”

One fire appliance attended the call-out.

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