Fire sheds light on hot safety topic
A number of lessons can be learnt from a house fire that left a man in hospital, a fire investigator says.
An elderly man was treated for smoke inhalation and burns to his hands after the fire at a Rockfield Rd, Penrose, house in the early hours of Friday morning.
‘‘Unfortunately he has left it a bit late to get out. If you’re in a fire get out as quickly as you can,’’ senior fire risk management officer Russell Dickson says.
He says the accidental fire started in the kitchen and spread to the rest of the house.
‘‘The damage is severe, it’s totally gutted the kitchen and gotten into the roof. The house is uninhabitable.
‘‘There was a smoke alarm in the house, but it had no batteries. This highlights the need to have a working smoke alarm,’’ he says.