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Smoke alarm reminder after weekend fires


Following tragic events this weekend, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to check their smoke alarms.

In the majority of fire deaths in the home there are either no smoke alarms in place or they did not go off, with a common cause being missing or flat batteries.

Smoke is known as the silent killer but a working smoke alarm can give people the wake-up call they need to escape.

Over the weekend Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service attended two serious fires, both in the Cheltenham area.

On Saturday afternoon a Cheltenham a woman was left with significant burns following a fire at her house in Warden Hill, she is currently being treated for her life threatening injuries in hospital.

On Sunday night a second fire in Cheltenham resulted in an elderly man losing his life. Fire crews arrived promptly and extinguished the fire and sadly discovered the resident. The gentleman's wife who was also in the property was led to safety and taken to hospital suffering the effects of the fire.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer, said: "Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the families involved in the weekend's tragic events. Please can I ask everyone to consider this as a timely reminder of the importance of having a working smoke alarm and to test it regularly.

"I cannot stress enough the importance of smoke alarms. They could save your family's life one day, and if your alarm isn't working or you don't have one, do not delay - get one today."

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: "I am very sorry to hear about these sad events. We're here to help and if you or an elderly neighbour needs any advice or the installation of a smoke alarm please contact the fire service. We provide Safe and Well checks free of charge and we're determined to prevent these tragic events whenever we can. Just visit or call 0800 180 4140."

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