House fire “could have ended with a fa­tal­ity had it not been for smoke alarms”

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 the first­floor 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, Novem­ber 25.

One pa­tient was taken to Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

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. The po­lice and am­bu­lance ser­vice were also in at­ten­dance.”

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 that this in­ci­dent could have ended with a fa­tal­ity had it not been for the smoke alarms.

“The oc­cu­piers were awo­ken and made aware of the fire by work­ing smoke alarms and were able to evac­u­ate the prop­erty and dial 999.

“I can­not em­pha­sise enough the im­por­tance of in­stalling work­ing smoke alarms and test­ing them every week. It could save you and your fam­ily’s lives.

“To ar­range a free home fire safety check, please phone us on 0800 169 1234 or email [email protected] maww­fire.gov.uk.”

A Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said: “We were called on Novem­ber 25 at 6.10am to an in­ci­dent on Bryn­g­wyn Bach, Llanelli.

“One pa­tient was trans­ported to Glang­wili Hos­pi­tal, Car­marthen.”

A Dyfed-Powys Po­lice spokes­woman added: “Po­lice were called at 6.14am on Novem­ber 25, to a house fire in Bryn­g­wyn Bach, Llanelli. All oc­cu­pants were out of the prop­erty on po­lice at­ten­dance. The fire is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.”

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to a fire in Bryn­g­wyn Bach, Llanelli, in­volv­ing the bed­room of the prop­erty.

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