Smoke alarm saved man in ‘roar­ing’ fire


Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHITTAKER

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 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.

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