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Woman and dog escape house fire

A woman and her dog have escaped unharmed after a fire at her home on Avenue Road in Wath-Upon-Dearne in Rotherham.

Three fire crews from Dearne, Cudworth and Rotherham stations were called to the mid terraced house at 10am on Tuesday morning.

The woman and dog were already safely out of the house when firefighters arrived at the scene.  The fire was in a bedroom and is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault at a multi-way block adaptor.

Firefighters quickly put the fire out and left the scene just after 12 noon.

Faulty electrics cause more than 6,000 fires across the country every year.

Check for:

  • Overloaded sockets and extension leads- try to use one plug per socket. High powered appliances like washing machines should have a plug to themselves, as extension leads can only take a maximum of 13 amps
  • Look out for signs of dangerous or loose wiring, such as scorch marks, hot plugs and fuses that regularly blow

Don’t leave things like mobile phones and laptops plugged in overnight, or beyond the recommended charging time, as this can often cause fires.

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This content was last updated on November 30th, 2016