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Pair flee their home in Fareham after hearing smoke alarm
5:48pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A MOTHER and toddler were saved by their working smoke alarm when fire broke out in their Hampshire home this afternoon.
Fire broke out in the ground floor living room at their house in Hillson Drive, Fareham, just before 1pm.
The mother and her child, who were upstairs, escaped through the front door after hearing the smoke alarm downstairs.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in under an hour but the living room suffered significant damage and the rest of the house was smoke damaged.
Two crews used breathing apparatus and one hose reel to put the fire out.
An investigation is underway to find out the cause of the fire.
The Red Cross's Fire and Emergency Support Service attended the scene and offered help and advice to the mother and her family.
Crew manager Mark Ryder, from Fareham fire station, said the smoke alarm averted a far worse situation.
He said: “The mother heard the alarm activating downstairs and saw the fire in the living room.
“She then had time to dash back upstairs and grab her child before escaping out of the front door.
“Considering how quickly the fire developed, had she not had the warning from the smoke alarm she could have been trapped upstairs and we could have been dealing with a far more serious situation when we arrived.”
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