Smoke alarms ‘saved lives’

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

A HOUSE fire in Llanelli “could have ended with a fa­tal­ity had it not been for the smoke alarms,” ac­cord­ing to fire­fight­ers.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to a prop­erty in Bryn­g­wyn Bach on Sun­day morn­ing after a fire broke out in a first-floor bed­room.

Those in­side man­aged to es­cape the prop­erty and call 999 to re­port the in­ci­dent and fire crews from Llanelli and Tum­ble ar­rived at the ad­dress after re­ceiv­ing the call at 6.05am on Sun­day. One per­son was taken to Glang­wili Hospi­tal.

A Mid and West Wales Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spokesman said: “The fire in­volved the first-floor bed­room of the prop­erty and was ex­tin­guished by fire­fight­ers us­ing two breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, one hose reel jet and a pos­i­tive pres­sure ven­ti­la­tion fan.

“All per­sons were ac­counted for. The po­lice and am­bu­lance ser­vice were also in at­ten­dance. The fire ser­vice left the in­ci­dent at 7.19am.”

Group man­ager Sean Lloyd, head of re­sponse with the Car­marthen­shire county com­mand, em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of smoke alarms fol­low­ing the fire.

He said: “There is a strong pos­si­bil­ity this in­ci­dent could have ended with a fa­tal­ity had it not been for smoke alarms.

“The oc­cu­piers were awo­ken and made aware of the fire, by work­ing smoke alarms.”

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