Sleeping woman rescued from burning building

A woman was rescued from a burning flat on Wednesday night. Fire crews forced entry into the ground floor flat on Archer Road in Stevenage just after 11.15pm after a neighbour heard a fire alarm and called the emergency services. Three fire crews from S

A woman was rescued from a burning flat on Wednesday night.

Fire crews forced entry into the ground floor flat on Archer Road in Stevenage just after 11.15pm after a neighbour heard a fire alarm and called the emergency services.

Three fire crews from Stevenage and Hitchin found the flat heavily smoke-logged and a woman in her 70s inside asleep.

As the fire crews dealt with the flames, thought to have been caused by a cigarette in a waste paper bin, two ambulance crews treated her for smoke inhalation before taking her to Lister Hospital.


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The fire was declared out shortly after 11.30pm.

Station commander Ian Parkhouse, who was at the scene, said: "The smoke alarm undoubtedly saved the occupant from serious injury. This incident once again highlights that smoke alarms save lives, and we urge all residents to install a smoke detector in their home.

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"If you smoke, remember to check that cigarettes are out properly - when you've finished with them wet them and empty your ashtray into a metal bin outside the house."

He urged anyone who wanted a free home safety check to call the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service on freephone 0800 5873347.

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