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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Family evacuate Barrow house after fire

A FAMILY evacuated their Barrow home in the early hours of this morning after a small fire.

Barrow fire service was called out to School Street at around 2.50am.

The emergency service said there was a small fire in a waste paper bin in the kitchen and two adults and two children had got out of the house before the crew arrived.

The fire service said an ambulance attended to check a man for smoke inhalation. The occupant had used water to put out the fire before the firefighters arrived. The service used a large fan to remove smoke from the house.

Mick Wills, a crew manager at Barrow fire station, said the accidental fire was caused from discarding smoking materials from an ashtray into the bin. Mr Wills said the house had a smoke detector but it was not working.

Mr Wills said smoking materials should be wetted and disposed of in an outside bin. He also wanted to reiterate the safety message about households testing that their smoke alarms are working.  Residents that don’t have a smoke alarm can call the fire station on 01229 407945.

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