Family living without smoke alarms escape Dartford fire after smelling smoke as they went to bed

PUBLISHED: 08:44 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:44 31 July 2017




Firefighters warned “it could have been a very different outcome”

A mother and her two adult daughters avoided tragedy at the weekend after smelling smoke just as they went to bed.

The Spring Vale South family got up to find the source of the smell, and discovered flames rising from part of their home’s power supply in a cupboard under the stairs at around 10.25pm on Saturday.

Rushing out of the property, all three women managed to escape the fire unharmed.

“The women had a very lucky escape as they had no working smoke alarms in the property,” said Dave Boakes, watch manager from Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

“Had they been in bed asleep and not realised the fire was burning, it could have been a very different outcome this morning.

“Fortunately, the fire had spread to a water pipe in the cupboard which split, spraying water over the fire and containing it until we arrived. Had this not happened the fire would have been far worse and could have blocked their escape route from the bedrooms.”

Crews had made the scene safe by 11.40pm.

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