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Smoke alarm saves life of Cirencester man

Published
18.07.2016

Firefighters rescued a man from a house fire in Cirencester last night, following a passer by hearing the smoke alarm and calling 999.

Shortly before 9pm on Sunday 17th July, the passer by heard the smoke alarm going off in a nearby property. On closer look, he saw smoke and immediately called Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS).

Retained crews from Cirencester arrived on scene in six minutes, and were joined by one from Fairford. On arrival, a 75 year old male had to be rescued from the property by officers using breathing apparatus.  The man had suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital.

The rescue serves as a reminder of just how essential smoke alarms are for every building and home. There should be at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and you should check them regularly to ensure they are working.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, John Beard, said: "If ever there were a reminder of just how vitally important smoke alarms are, this is it. It is safe to say that the gentleman's smoke alarm saved his life.

"Thanks to the alarm, our Cirencester crews were on the scene within six minutes, and were able to get the 75 year old man to safety before tackling the blaze.

"I would encourage all residents to test their alarms regularly. They could save yours and your family's life one day."

As part of GFRS's commitment to fire prevention in the county, the service offers free Safe and Well visits. These visits are a way for the fire service to proactively work with communities to significantly reduce the number of incidents that can occur.

Teams carry out roughly 500 visits a month where they give advice on all elements of personal safety, as well as fitting smoke alarms for free.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for the fire service, said: "Our thanks have to go out to the resident for raising the alarm and to our officers for rescuing the gentleman, and we hope that he makes a quick and full recovery.

"If your alarm isn't working or you don't have one, do not delay -get one today.

"You can contact our officers to request a free Safe and Well visit through www.glosfire.gov.uk or 0800 180 41 40."

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