A Northfield pensioner was led to safety by fire officers after being alerted to a fire in his home by a smoke alarm in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday).
The man was awoken by the alarm when clothes he had left drying on a heater caught fire at his home in Kingshurst Road, Northfield. He called the fire service and was given advice and reassurance as crews from Northfield and Kings Norton made their way to the address. After being led to safety he was taken to the QE Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
West Midlands Fire Service reported the incident on twitter:
06:23 Fire Persons Reported, Fire Control gave Fire Survival Advice to elderly occupant whilst crews on route. Location of caller given to crews
06:28 Fire Persons Reported: Fire Control reassured the caller that resources were close by as their location could be tracked whilst on route
06:34 Fire Persons Reported: Occupier led to safety by crews. Caller woken by smoke detector. Crews from Northfield and Kings Norton attending
West Midlands Fire Service advise all householders to ensure smoke alarms are installed and working and not to dry clothes on electric storage heaters during winter months.
The service will fit smoke alarms for free. Call 0800 389 5525
WMFS also offer a free Home Fire Safety Check service – book online or find contact details here
For more fire safety advice visit the Stay Safe website