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Martin Dowse's report on how a couple from Dorset had to jump out of an upstairs window to escape a fire at their home early this morning. Smoke alarms were fitted at the house in Charlton Marshall but they were not working.
Michael Holey lives near the house that went up in smoke at Charlton Marshall in Dorset. He says he was woken by the emergency crews arriving at the scene.
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.
45 firefighters were needed overnight to tackle a blaze at a house in the village of Charlton Marshall in Dorset. The couple who live in the house were stranded in a bedroom because of the intense smoke, but managed to jump out of a first floor window after raising the alert shortly after midnight.