Smoke alarm saves Whittlesey man from fire

Fire fighters at the scene of the bungalow fire. Picture: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
Fire fighters at the scene of the bungalow fire. Picture: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
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A smoke alarm saved a mans life after his bungalow caught fire in Whittlesey.

The man was sleeping in his home in Teal Road, Whittlesey at about 12.45am on Tuesday when the smoke alarm woke him.

This is an excellent example of why every household should make sure they have a working smoke alarm that is tested regularly

Station Commander Jamie Johnson

When he went to investigate he discovered the blaze, and got out of the house.

Station Commander Jamie Johnson, officer in charge, said: “A working smoke alarm has potentially saved this resident’s life. The resident was asleep on the sofa when the smoke alarm woke him up. He investigated, discovered a fire, got out the property and called the fire service. So this is an excellent example of why every household should make sure they have a working smoke alarm that is tested regularly.

“This was a well established fire upon our arrival and the hard work of the crews prevented the whole building being destroyed. The fire had taken hold in the kitchen and had spread to the roof.

“Significant damage has been caused to the kitchen area of the property but thankfully, the resident has closed two other doors to other rooms in the bungalow, and it is because of these actions that those rooms have not been damaged at all by the fire. We would encourage residents to keep doors closed in their properties as good practise to help prevent fire spread.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing.