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Hundreds of homes across Irby were visited by our Service during a reassurance campaign following a house fire.
Firefighters were called at 10.16am on Friday, February 13, to Thurstaston Road, Irby. Police had found a body of a 78- year-old man inside a property and signs of a fire.
One fire appliance attended. The small fire inside the lounge of the property had extinguished itself before firefighters were called.
There were no working smoke alarms inside the property. A postmortem is being carried out to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the cause of death. The fire is believed to have been accidental and it is suspected the fire was caused by lighter fluid vapours from an aerosol can igniting.
A reassurance campaign was held in the surrounding area during which MF&RS firefighters and fire prevention staff visited around 200 homes, carried out 44 Home Fire Safety Checks and fitted smoke alarms in people’s properties.
Jen Welsh, District Prevention Manager for Wirral, said:
“Residents were given important fire safety advice to help prevent a fire such as this occurring again.
“People were advised to take extra care when refilling lighters with lighter fluid and to ensure they do this in a well-ventilated area.
“They were advised to a take care when smoking, ensuring smoking materials are fully extinguished in a proper ashtray and are never left unattended.
Homes in Ford and Litherland were visited as part of a reassurance campaign after firefighters rescued a woman from a fire at a flat.
Firefighters rescued a woman from a fire at a flat, off William Wall Road, in Ford, near Litherland, just before 6pm on Tuesday, January 6.
A fire had broken out in the front living room of the flat and three fire appliances from Bootle and Netherton, Aintree and Kirkdale community fire stations were called out.
Firefighters Andy Leese and Steve Law, from Bootle & Netherton Community Fire Station, entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and, following a search of the flat, rescued a woman from the lounge. The woman was taken to Whiston Hospital by ambulance.
It is suspected that the fire had started accidentally and was caused by smoking materials, which had ignited a sofa in the living room.
“We also advised people to check on their elderly, vulnerable neighbours or family members and to ensure they have smoke alarms fitted on each floor of their property.”
Advice On Smoking
Following the incident, our Service carried out a reassurance campaign in the Ford and Litherland area where they visited at least 205 homes and carried out 79 Home Fire Safety Checks.
Residents were offered fire safety advice on smoking and the importance of having smoke alarms fitted on each level of the home, which should be tested every week.
Take Care With Lighters
Firefighter Alan Jones, from Heswall Community Fire Station, giving fire safety advice to Irby resident Bill Silcock during the reassurance campaign.
Photo by Lyndsay Young.
Litherland resident Jenny Harrison being given fire safety advice during the campaign by firefighter David Jackson, from Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station. Photo by Lyndsay Young.

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