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Family escape house fire

A family had a lucky escape after a fire broke out at their home on Lansbury Avenue in Maltby, Rotherham on Thursday afternoon.

Three fire crews from Maltby, Aston and Rotherham stations were called to the incident at 12 noon.  On arrival the family were already outside their home after the smoke alarm (which South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue had previously fitted) sounded and raised the alarm.

The fire was in one of the bedrooms and is believed to have started by accident, and probably involved electrical equipment.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus quickly put the fire out.

Firefighters left the scene at 2:30pm.

Check out our top 10 tips for staying safe at home:

  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor of your home
  • Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working. Please test smoke alarms regularly.
  • Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
  • Never, ever use a chip pan or any other pan filled with hot oil
  • Don’t overload electric sockets– most can only take a maximum of 13 amps
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children
  • Keep clothes well away from heaters and open fires
  • Put out cigarettes properly and dispose of them carefully
  • Don’t charge things like mobile phones, tablets or e-cigs overnight, or longer than the recommended charging time
  • Plan an escape route and make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out in the event of a fire

This content was last updated on June 05th, 2017