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Woman rescued from house fire

Priory Street, Colchester
09/01/2016 @ 00:26
Incident Number: 367
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Wivenhoe


Firefighters rescued a woman after a fire broke out in a house in the early hours of this morning. Wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel jet, crews had extinguished the fire by 01:16hrs. Firefighters used a positive pressured fan to clear smoke from the property.

Station Officer Kirkham said: "When we arrived at the scene firefighters entered the building and found the first floor was heavily smoke logged. They managed to locate a female occupant quickly and carried her out of the building and gave her oxygen therapy.

We also discovered the property did not have a working smoke alarm. The batteries had been removed which meant the occupant was not alerted to the fire at the first sign.

Smoke alarms are proven life savers. They give vital warning at the first sign of fire giving everyone time to get safely out before calling us in.

“There is no excuse for any home not having a smoke alarm. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide home fire safety visits completely FREE of charge. A technician will come to your home, carry out a full home fire safety inspection and fit smoke alarms where they are needed.”

To arrange a free home fire safety visit, call 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk."

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