Firefighters praise swift
actions of neighbours who alerted emergency services to Toxteth fire
FIREFIGHTERS have praised the swift
actions of neighbours who called:- 999 to alert emergency services to a fire in a
flat below theirs.
Crews were called to a fire at a flat on Huskisson Street in Toxteth just before
6am, on Saturday, 6 August 2016.
They were able to rescue a 32 year old woman and 2 men, aged 30 and 34, who
were immediately taken to Hospital.
Their rapid response was due to the vigilance of neighbours from the flat above
who heard the fire alarm bleeping and called the fire service immediately.
As they made their way out of the building, the same neighbours tried to alert
the occupiers of the flat on fire but were overcome with smoke and instead
evacuated to safety.
Now, firefighters have praised their quick actions and said that had they not
acted so quickly the outcome could have been much more serious.
Watch Manager Lee Taylor, who attended the incident, said:- "The couple
from the flat above deserve a lot of praise as it is as a direct result of their
responsible and timely actions that we were able to rescue the people from the
flat below them. The property was fitted with a mains fire alarm system with a
smoke detector in the affected flat, which alerted the female occupier of the
flat above. She woke her boyfriend and they called the fire service. While
making their way out of the building they attempted to alert the occupiers of
both the ground-floor flat and the 2nd floor flat, but the smoke was too thick
so they evacuated to safety outside. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus
arrived and searched the flat before extinguishing the fire with high powered
hose reels. Crews rescued 2 men and 1 woman from the flat and all were given
oxygen until the ambulance arrived. The 3 people involved all suffered severe
smoke inhalation and the woman suffered burns. They were all taken to the Royal
Liverpool University Hospital for further checks. Firefighters also led a
66 year old woman from a 2nd floor flat to safety. She was checked at the
scene by paramedics but did not require further medical treatment. Initial
investigations indicate that the fire started accidentally in the bedroom on the
ground floor flat. This incident would have been a lot more serious had the
couple not called:- 999, when they did and we urge anyone who hears a
neighbour's smoke alarm bleeping to do the same thing and call the emergency
services immediately. Remaining vigilant, acting quickly and calling:- 999,
could mean the difference between life and death."