Working smoke alarm saves a life

be_house_fire_ready_-_1Yesterday, a potentially catastrophic incident was avoided thanks to a working smoke alarm and one neighbour’s quick thinking.

At approximately 4pm on Thursday afternoon, ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Emergency Triple Zero (E000) call from a neighbour reporting that a smoke alarm had activated in the house next door.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming from the house. Looking through the windows, the crew identified a person unconscious on the floor and immediately forced entry.

Paramedics assessed and treated the patient on scene before transporting them to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

“We quickly contained the fire to the point of origin in the kitchen, and had it extinguished within minutes.” ACT Fire & Rescue South Commander Danny Brighenti said.

“If the smoke alarm had not activated – there would have been a significant delay in alerting emergency services, dramatically increasing the risk of catastrophic consequences.”

“This incident is a timely reminder that working smoke alarms save lives.” Commander Brighenti concluded.

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