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Statement from the Fire & Rescue Service

Statement from Fire and Rescue Service:

"By the time the first crew arrived, they immediately began casualty care of the occupants, and established that there was no-one else inside. Shortly afterward, the other crews arrived and began defensive firefighting from the outside of the property."

"We know they did have smoke alarms but they were not working or tested, which is like having a useless bit of plastic tacked to your ceiling. If they had had them working, they would have had a much earlier warning signal and would not have lost their home and contents.

Although we are of course pleased that they made it out alive - it was a very close call."

– INCIDENT COMMANDER, LOUIS MINCHELLA, DORSET FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE

An investigation is underway, but the cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

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