A man was rescued from a flat where a fire started in a kitchen
Four fire appliances were sent to tackle the fire after Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 8.04am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, to Lord Street, Southport.
Firefighters from White Watch from Southport Community Fire Station, Crosby Community Fire Station and Formby Community Fire Station attended the call-out. Two fire appliances from Southport attended along with one from Formby and one from Crosby.
The fire was extinguished by 8.44am. The man who was rescued was conscious and breathing and was taken to Southport Hospital by ambulance.
Station Manager Chris Head said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were quickly on scene, located the flat where the fire was, forced entry into the flat and rescued a man who was inside. There was thick smoke inside the flat and firefighters gave oxygen to the man. This was a serious flat fire which started in a kitchen and the cause is being investigated, but at this stage it is thought to be accidental.
“Our Fire Control room also gave safety advice to an occupier of another flat to stay where she was and alerted firefighters to her location as smoke was in the hallway outside her flat. Firefighters checked the woman was safe and gave her oxygen before she was checked by paramedics.
“There was a smoke alarm in the flat where the fire occurred but the battery was flat. We urge people to check their smoke alarms regularly and to make sure they have working smoke alarms on each level of their home.”
The fire was contained by firefighters to the kitchen and extinguished. There was severe smoke damage to the flat. A neighbour raised the alarm about the fire in the flat.
For free fire safety advice go to www.merseyfire.gov.uk or call 0800 7315958.
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