Alarm was a life-saver when fire broke out in East Harting property
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Upon arrival firefighters were confronted with a well-developed fire that was rapidly spreading to a neighbouring property.
Fortunately, the occupier was alerted to the fire by his smoke alarm and evacuated to a place of safety.
After several hours, the fire was extinguished and crews remained on scene overnight to dampen down hotspots.
Station Manager, Darren Wickings, said: “This incident highlights how important working smoke alarms are; in this case, the smoke alarm undoubtedly saved the occupier’s life.
“You are 10 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm, so I would urge everyone reading this to check they have smoke alarms on each floor of their property.
“Smoke alarms should also be tested weekly and replaced every 10 years to ensure they’re working and fit for purpose.”
Further fire safety advice is available on the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-and-rescue-service/home-fire-safety/