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Barnsley woman escapes house fire after smoke alarms raise alarm

Smoke alarms fitted by the fire service have helped save a woman’s life after a blaze in her Barnsley home.

Fire broke out at the house on Hope Street at around 2am on Friday (18 March) after cooking was left unattended in a pan on the hob.

Although the fire was already out when crews from Barnsley and Cudworth stations arrived on the scene, the house was heavily smoke logged and firefighters used specialist equipment to ventilate the property.

A woman in her 50s managed to escape the blaze, but was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Neighbours had raised the alarm after hearing the smoke alarms going off.

Firefighters say the incident is another reminder of the importance of working smoke alarms on every level of your home and testing them weekly.

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This content was last updated on March 18th, 2016