A couple were rescued by firefighters yesterday after a fire broke out in the living room of their second floor flat in Lancing.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called to the three-storey block of flats on Brighton Road just before 2pm yesterday afternoon (November 5) after the occupant of a neighbouring flat heard the smoke alarm activating and raised the alarm.
A fire crew from Shoreham attended within seven minutes of the 999 call and was followed swiftly by a fire crew from Worthing a minute later.
The first firefighters at the scene entered the smoke-logged flat after finding an unconscious lady in the opened doorway of the property. She was immediately carried down the stairs and out to fresh air and was given oxygen therapy by the crew.
The woman’s husband, who returned to the flat shortly before the arrival of the crew, had managed to move his wife out of the living room but sustained minor burns to his hands trying to extinguish the fire. He was subsequently assisted from the property by firefighters and taken to hospital.
The woman received treatment for mild smoke inhalation from South East Coast Ambulance at the scene but did not go to hospital.
The fire, which is believed to have started accidentally from smoking materials, was contained to the living room and extinguished quickly by firefighters using a hose reel.
Mark Ross, watch commander of the first crew to arrive at the scene, said: “Fortunately, the occupiers escaped serious injury, thanks to the presence of a smoke detector and also to the brave actions the man took before we arrived. We would never recommend trying to tackle a fire yourself. Our advice to the public is to get out, stay out and call us out.
“Fires started by smoking materials can be deadly. We’d urge smokers to make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished once you have finished and to avoid smoking if you are tired or have been drinking.”
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