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STREETS AHEAD L4 Boy Calls 999 After Fire Starts
A boy has been praised for calling 999 when he saw his neighbour’s kitchen was on fire.
Lewis Tucker, aged nine, was on his bike near his neighbour’s house on Stonehill Street in Anfield when he saw smoke coming from the kitchen.
The fire involved a chip pan that had been left unattended.
Lewis said: “I saw the fire in the house so I rang the firemen.
“I just went on my bike to a phone box and called 999.”
A fire appliance from Kensington Community Fire Station was called out and the fire was out when firefighters arrived. There was smoke damage to the kitchen and some smoke damage to the remainder of the house.
Lewis has learned how to contact the
emergency services having
previously had to call the ambulance
service for his mother Elizabeth, who suffers from epilepsy.
Elizabeth, 35, said: “I’ve got epilepsy and he’s had to call an ambulance for me before now so
he knew what to do.
“I’m just so proud of him. Everyone’s really proud of him.”
His quick actions have been praised.
Watch Manager Paul Moss, of Kensington Community Fire Station, said: “He is an excellent example to the young people of the area. It is a pleasure to interact with young, sensible members of our community such as this.
“In the event of a fire, we advise people to get out, stay out and call 999.”
The fire happened on Tuesday, June 22, just after 1.40pm. Smoke alarms that had been fitted by MF&RS activated.
Residents were also urged to take care when cooking after firefighters attended 58 kitchen fires in Merseyside in June. MF&RS also supported the national Fire Kills Campaign in August, highlighting fire safety when cooking.
During the month of June, in Liverpool there were 22 kitchen fires, in Wirral there were 16 incidents, in St Helens there were ten, in Sefton there seven and
in Knowsley there were three.
Group Manager Ben Ryder, Liverpool District Manager, said:
“Over half of accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen.
“There are simple steps people can take to stay safe when cooking. People should also ensure they use electrical appliances appropriately in the kitchen.”
Lewis on his bike in the street where the fire took place. Photo: Lyndsay Young.
Barking Glad
Dogs and smoke alarms
alert occupiers to fire.
Firefighters rescued two people and two dogs from a house fire in Birkenhead.
Our Service was called to Mountwood Road in Birkenhead on a Saturday morning after smoke alarms and the two dogs barking alerted the occupants to the fire.
When firefighters arrived there was a rapidly developing fire in the ground floor dining room and two occupants were calling for help from the front bedroom window on the first floor.
Station Manager Mark Thomas said: “Due to the volumes of smoke they were unable to exit the property using the stairs.
"The occupiers called 999 and were given fire survival advice and told to remain calm by the Fire Control operator while they were confined in a bedroom on the first floor.
"When crews arrived they found the occupiers in the front bedroom window calling for assistance.
"They were rescued using a short extension ladder from the first floor window while four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze on the ground floor and searched the rest of the property.
"During the incident two small dogs were also rescued unharmed by firefighters.
"The swift actions by fire crews on arrival ensured that the occupiers were quickly brought to safety."
The two occupants, a man and a woman, were taken to Arrowe Park Hospital suffering slight smoke inhalation and shock. The dogs were being left in the care of a family member.
Firefighters contained the fire to the room of origin however due to the open plan design, the property was extensively smoke damaged.
Three fire appliances from Birkenhead, Upton and Bromborough community fire stations attended. Firefighters were there for around an hour and a half. The call-out was on July 26.
At this stage the fire is thought to have been accidental but the exact cause of the fire is being investigated.
"This incident shows the importance of having a working smoke alarm fitted on each floor of their home, as they can give an early warning of a fire,” Station Manager Thomas added.
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