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Our Service has carried out reassurance campaigns in Sefton, St Helens and Wirral districts following three serious fires. Firefighters and prevention staff particularly highlighted the importance of checking on elderly and vulnerable people in the community.
Check On Neighbours
Homes in Thatto Heath were visited by our Service during
a reassurance campaign after the body of an elderly woman was discovered following a house fire.
Firefighters and prevention staff visited 123 properties, carried out 66 Home Fire Safety Checks and fitted smoke alarms.
It followed a fire at a house on Birchfield Street, in Thatto Heath, on Thursday, January 29, in which the body of a 73-year-old woman was found.
Fire crews were called out at around 11.20pm after a fire broke out in the ground floor lounge. It is suspected that the fire was caused by an open flame gas fire and that it started accidentally.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire and discovered the body of an elderly woman in the lounge.
A man also suffered slight smoke inhalation and was given a precautionary check at the scene by paramedics.
The lounge was damaged by fire, the ground floor of the property was moderately damaged by smoke and the first floor of the house was slightly damaged by smoke. Smoke alarms had been fitted and activated.
Three fire appliances from Eccleston, St Helens and Huyton community fire stations were called out.
Group Manager Chris Case, St Helens District Manager, said:
“During the reassurance campaign we urged people to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted on each level of their property and to check them every week. People were advised to become familiar with the sound of their smoke alarms so that if they go off, they know it is an alarm activating.
“Residents were also asked to check on their elderly relatives or neighbours and ensure they have smoke alarms fitted.”
Natalie Thomas, District Advocate, pictured showing Thatto Heath resident Geoff Grimes how to test a smoke alarm. Photo by Lyndsay Young
David Welsh, District Advocate, pictured giving fire safety advice to Thatto Heath residents Harold Foxcroft and Edna Foxcroft. Photo by Lyndsay Young.

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