Smoke alarm saved man in ‘roaring’ fire
Nick Jillett has got a smoke alarm to thank for being alive to tell the tale of the night he awoke to find his house in flames.
Police and the fire service are still trying to find out what caused the blaze, which started just before 9.30pm on October 26.
Five fire trucks were called to the house in Springfield Rd, Morningside.
Mr Jillett had been asleep for about an hour when he woke to the beeping of a smoke alarm and then the smell of smoke.
He’d been wearing ear plugs to block out loud music his flatmates were playing before they headed out for the night, but fortunately they didn’t block out the sound of the alarm.
‘‘I keep a torch by my bed and when I turned it on it was still pretty hard to see. The smoke smelled pretty acrid.
I pulled the ear- The fire service advises having a smoke alarm in every bedroom, hallway, and living area in a house.
Photoelectric smoke alarms are recommended because they have a 10 year battery life.
An escape plan should include ways to get out if doors and hallways are blocked.
Visit fire.org.nz for more information. plugs out I could hear the fire roaring so I knew it was bad.’’
The 39-year-old was climbing out of his bedroom window as the fire service arrived.
‘‘It shows smoke alarms save lives, or maybe it was a miracle. A couple of people have told me I’ve got someone watching over me.’’
Firefighters searched the house for another flatmate who was inside.
Luckily, it turned out she had left before the fire started.
The house is uninhabitable and Mr Jillett and his flatmates are living elsewhere.
The fire appears to have started in the lounge area but the cause is still not
be clear, senior fire risk manager Mike McEnaney says.
A police investigation is also under way.
Having working smoke alarms and an escape plan in your home is essential, Mr McEnaney says.
‘‘Although they had a severe fire that has destroyed the building Mr Jillett’s been able to get out.’’
Destroyed: An investigation is underway to find out what started a fire which gutted a Morningside house.