Search

Harold Hill and Harold Wood residents rescue elderly neighbours from house fires - thanks to smoke alarms

08:00 28 February 2013

sub

Two sets of quick-thinking neighbours turned Good Samaritan this week, helping an elderly man and woman escape their burning homes.

On Sunday afternoon, a woman, her daughter, and another man let themselves into an 88-year-old man’s maisonette after hearing a smoke alarm. Finding the kitchen on fire, the trio led their neighbour to safety before calling the fire brigade.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and gave the man, who was suffering from smoke inhalation, oxygen and first aid. He was taken by ambulance to Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

One of the rescuers, who did not wish to be named, said he initially thought was hearing a car alarm.

“My neighbour’s kitchen door was open so me and another neighbour went in and got him,” he said. “The kitchen was thick with smoke.

“We called the fire and ambulance. He had breathed in a lot of the smoke.

“I’ve been his neighbour for nine years and we get on really well. He’s a good neighbour - always ready to listen.

“I don’t consider myself a hero - I’d do it again tomorrow for any of my neighbours.”

The alarm was raised at about 4.40pm in Dagnam Park Drive, Harold Hill. The fire brigade had fitted the crucial smoke detector during a routine visit just a fortnight earlier.

It is thought the blaze was started by a microwave.

Harold Hill fire station’s watch manager Steve West said: “It’s great to see that proactive fire safety work carried out by the crews at this station led to such a positive outcome. It is vital that you have a working smoke alarm as it gives you – or, in this case, your neighbours – an early warning of a fire happening.”

And a Harold Wood woman, also in her 80s, was rescued from a house fire in the early hours of Tuesday – again after her smoke alarm alerted neighbours.

The fire in Church Road, thought to have been started by an electrical fault in the woman’s shower, damaged about five per cent of the house’s first floor. The alarm was raised at about 5.40am and firefighters from Romford and Harold Hill spent another two hours on the scene in Church Road, Harold Wood.

Ambulance staff treated the woman for smoke inhalation and took her to Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

London Fire Brigade’s borough commander for Havering, Chris Drew, praised both sets of neighbours for their quick thinking – but added a word of warning.

“It is great that Havering residents are looking out for their elderly neighbours and acting quickly when they notice a fire,” he said.

“It’s important, though, that people don’t put themselves in danger. Our simple message is: get out, stay out and call the fire brigade out.”

If you think an elderly relative or neighbour would benefit from a home fire safety visit, go to http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/HomeFireSafetyVisit.asp. Where necessary, firefighters visiting homes will fit free smoke alarms.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

12:00
Father Christmas, who has taken time out of his busy schedule at this time of year to be interviewed by Emma Lake from the Romford Recorder (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

It’s a busy time of year for Father Christmas – looking after 600 excitable elves putting who are putting finishing touches to millions of toys to be dropped into the stockings of sleeping children in just six days time.

09:00
The princesses were on hand to save the day

Children who were worried their dreams would never come true had their wishes granted at the weekend when they met Disney princesses.

Yesterday, 15:00
Mayor of havering, Cllr Linda Trew comissioned Havering College of Further and Higher Education,  students to create a float. for the New Year’s Day Parade,

The mayor of Havering will dazzle spectators of the New Year’s Day Parade as she travels through the streets of London in a vintage steam train and carriage thanks to Havering College construction students.

Yesterday, 12:00
Christmas jumpers raised enough to build a classroom for less fortunate children

As term came to a close and the ho-ho-holidays were due to start one school allowed its lucky pupils to really get into the festive spirit.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

And we were all invited to the happy couple’s big day!

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.