A working smoke alarm is likely to have saved the lives of four people caught up in Saturday night’s house fire in Terrington St Clement, a senior fire service officer said today.
A man was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation, while three other people were treated at the scene of the blaze in Chapel Road, which broke out shortly after 11pm.
The incident has prompted a renewed plea from service chiefs for residents to ensure their alarms are working properly and to change them if they’re not.
King’s Lynn North station manager Neil Richardson, who was among the firefighters called to the blaze, said: the occupants of the property had managed to escape before crews arrived because of the sound of the alarm.
But he added: “Had there not been a working smoke detector, we could be looking at a completely different story.
“Make sure your smoke detectors are working. Check them once a week and, if they’re not working, replace them.
“We can advise you on what you need.”
At the height of the blaze, five engines, plus an aerial ladder platform were tackling the fire, which began in a first floor bedroom before spreading to the roof.
Crews managed to contain the flames before they spread to neighbouring properties.
Mr Richardson said the blaze was well alight by the time units, which were called from Lynn, Wisbech and West Walton, arrived at the scene.
Although most crews left the property at around 2.30am on Sunday, two units were left at the scene overnight in case the fire re-started.
An investigation has concluded that smoking materials were the most likely cause of the blaze.
But Mr Richardson said they could not be certain of the exact cause because of the extent of the damage caused to the building.