Firefighters are urging homeowners to make sure that they check that all appliances are shut off before they leave their property – and that there are working smoke alarms in their homes.
This afternoon (June 15) at 2.35pm, crews from the fire stations at Irthlingborough and Wellingborough attended a house fire in Irthlingborough.
The homeowner was out at the time of the blaze, but their property was saved after neighbours heard the smoke alarms going off and then saw black smoke billowing out of the top floor. They immediately called the fire service, which was on the scene shortly afterwards.
Ben Stone, Red Watch Commander at Wellingborough Fire Station, said: “The homeowner had gone out and was unaware that a toddler had managed to turn the hob on. There were items such as a chopping board on top of it which of course then started the fire.
“We would urge parents, if they have children who may like playing with switches or have previously tried to turn appliances on to double check appliances before leaving. It is also good to close doors as they will protect the rest of your house if a fire starts in one room.
“On this occasion due to the quick thinking of neighbours to call 999, and also because the homeowner had working smoke alarms that alerted those neighbours, we have been able to save the home.”
If you have smoke alarms, check every month whether they are working or not – it could be the difference between life and death.