Smoke alarms 'undoubtedly' save man's life from Dorset house blaze

Smoke alarms 'undoubtedly' save man's life from Dorset house blaze

Published by George Sharpe at 7:27am 17th July 2020.

Working smoke alarms 'undoubtedly' saved the life of a man who was trapped upstairs in a fierce house fire.

Firefighters were called around 4 am on Thursday to reports of a man trapped in an upstairs bedroom of a home in Sandford Orcas.

They were able to bring the man to safety through fitted fire escape windows using a ladder. 

He was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation before being taken to hospital for further checks.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service say it's a sobering reminder of the need to check our smoke alarms on every floor of our homes.

Sandford Orcas fire

Station Manager Brad Stevens, who attended the incident, said: 

"The occupier was woken by his smoke alarms, and this undoubtedly saved his life. The property was also fitted with fire escape windows, which meant firefighters were able to bring him to safety as soon as they were on scene. 

"The fire was extremely intense on the ground floor of the house, and there was smoke throughout, so we could have had a very tragic outcome had the alarms not sounded."

The fire is believed to have started accidentally but the exact cause remains under investigation due to the amount of damage.

Fire Engine DWF&R 1

Crews from Sherborne (two), Yeovil (two), Sturminster Newton and Mere tackled the blaze, with 18 breathing apparatus wearers using three hose reel jets and two main jets. They were supported by a water carrier from Yeovil and a command unit from Sherborne.

Once the fire was brought under control, relief crews attended from Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Beaminster to deal with damping down and to assist the fire investigation.

Smoke alarms should be fitted on every floor of the property and should be tested regularly. For more information, visit the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service website.