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Collier Row resident has ‘lucky escape’ from house fire due to working smoke alarms

PUBLISHED: 10:07 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:49 06 September 2018

A sleeping resident in Collier Row was alerted to a fire in his loft by his smoke alarms. Picture: London Fire Brigade.

A sleeping resident in Collier Row was alerted to a fire in his loft by his smoke alarms. Picture: London Fire Brigade.

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Firefighters are reminding people about the importance of having working smoke alarms after they alerted a man to a fire in his property in Collier Row.

Jamie Gleaves was woken up by the smell of smoke from a house fire in Larchwood Avenue, Collier Row on Thursday, September 6. Picture: Jamie Gleaves.Jamie Gleaves was woken up by the smell of smoke from a house fire in Larchwood Avenue, Collier Row on Thursday, September 6. Picture: Jamie Gleaves.

A man in Larchwood Avenue woke up to hear smoke alarms sounding and discovered a fire in his loft on Thursday, September 9.

He immediately left his home and called 999.

Jamie Gleaves, 18, from Dominion Drive told the Recorder: “I was first awoken by the smell flooding into my house. The fire was in the loft and the flames were maybe one or two storeys higher above the property.

“The fire was put out by about 20 minutes past thanks to a very quick response from the London Fire Brigade.

“I feel so much safer knowing that the fire brigade can respond to a fire so quickly.”

The brigade was called just past 2am in the morning and the fire was under control by 3.36am.

Most of the roof of the property and part of the first floor were damaged by the fire.

Tony Critchell, watch manager, who was at the scene, said: “When crews arrived, there was visible smoke and flames coming from the roof of the property. “Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control quickly and contained it to the property of origin.

“Thankfully, because this resident had smoke alarms, he had a lucky escape as the outcome could have been very different had he not been woken up by the alarm sounding.

“Smoke alarms give the earliest possible warning of a fire and we would urge everyone to make sure they have one fitted on every level of their home and in every room where there is a risk of fire, except kitchens or bathrooms where heat alarms are more appropriate.”

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Romford, Hainault, Harold Hill and Dagenham fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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