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A puppy was rescued by firefighters from a house in Waterloo after a smoke alarm alerted neighbours to a fire.
Four-month-old golden retriever Maximus was trapped in the kitchen of the property on Gordon Avenue when a toaster caught fire.
Stuart Lee, 26, had come home for lunch that day to check on the puppy. On his return to work that afternoon he was called by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and neighbours who told him there had been a fire at his property.
The puppy Maximus was trapped in the kitchen where the toaster, a cupboard and work surface were on fire, with the flames reaching a gas boiler unit.
Smoke alarms in the house alerted neighbours, who called 999 and the smoke also set off the next door neighbours’ smoke alarm.
Two fire appliances from Crosby and Bootle & Netherton were called out. Firefighters rescued the puppy from the kitchen and stopped the fire spreading to the rest of the house.
Stuart said: “Maximus owes his life to the smoke alarms going off. The dog wouldn’t be here if wasn’t for the smoke alarms and we wouldn’t have a house.
Maximus suffered smoke inhalation and had to be treated for an infection.
“It was lucky the smoke alarms went off when they did as the 999. We were able to get the fire was right next to the gas boiler so it could have exploded. dog out of the house and
“The neighbours raised the alarm and told firefighters there was a dog in the house. The firefighters were great and they really looked after him.”
extinguish the fire before it spread.”
Stuart Lee and puppy Maximus.
The fire was contained to the kitchen however the remainder of the
house was smoke damaged.
Stuart and his fiancée
Helen Blackburn, 23, had moved into their house just over a year ago having had it completely renovated.
It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault with the toaster.
Watch Manager Dave Shanahan, of Crosby Green Watch, who attended the incident, said: “Smoke alarms alerted neighbours, who called
A training session was held for staff from care line agencies to help enhance the quality of calls received by MACC.
Managers and trainers from care line providers in Merseyside attended the event at Kirkdale Community Fire Station, organised and hosted by Watch Manager Phil Byrne.
Crew Manager Tina Fishwick from MACC and Kevin Johnston, Home Safety Manager, also helped lead the session.
A presentation was given showing examples of calls received by MACC from care line providers, which were then discussed as a group to establish best practices.
The aim was to enhance the quality of calls to MACC and the information that care line agencies pass on to their clients.
Photographs taken by the Incident Investigation Team showed the devastating impact of fire and smoke in an incident.
The care line staff were also invited to MACC, where they were shown how calls are dealt with.
It is mainly vulnerable people that use care line systems. Care line staff members at the session were told the advice from MF&RS to anyone who has a house fire is
to get out, stay out and call 999.
Staff attended from St Helens Care Line, Magenta
Living, West Lancs Care Line, Riverside Housing and VNC Lifeline.
Watch Manager Byrne said: “We will continue support agencies to improve the awareness of staff surrounding the dangers of fire and smoke. We are also highlighting the importance of providing quality information when dialling 999 so we can respond safely and effectively.
“We hope to set up data sharing protocols with these agencies to assist our prevention teams when targeting risk.”
The fire damage in the kitchen of the house.
Photos by Lyndsay Young.
Watch Manager Phil Byrne, Crew Manager Tina Fishwick from MACC and Kevin Johnson, from Community Fire Prevention and Protection with the care line staff. Photo by Lyndsay Young

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