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Fire warning

Tuesday, 13th August, 2013

Firefighter Sam Edwards says fire safety is important and householders must be prepared. Firefighter Sam Edwards says fire safety is important and householders must be prepared.

By Emily Roberts

A house fire over the weekend has prompted the fire brigade to issue a safety warning.

Police, ambulance officers and firefighters from the Central and South fire stations were called to the Lane Street home on Saturday morning.

The fire completely destroyed the vacant house and is being treated as suspicious.

Central BH Fire Station station officer, Matt Hunter, said it was important to be cautious at all times, and especially in winter.

“It is very important to have a working smoke alarm. It is the law to have at least one, also ensure that the yard and surrounds are tidy,” he said.

“As we come into warmer weather and have had some rain recently, grass will grow.”

SO Hunter said overgrown vegetation can mean a fire can take hold more quickly.

“Have an evacuation plan in place. If you need any advice, contact your local fire station for information.”

He also said the local fire service did condone people lighting fires in their yards.

“It could take hold of a lot of houses. It could move quite fast and spread quite rapidly.

“The heat from the fire was so hot on Saturday it set a neighbouring house’s curtains on fire.

“The firefighters got to it in time and extinguished it before there was any damage.”

But SO Hunter said the crew was able to tell that no one was in the house that burnt down.

“It was good for us because we knew no one was in the building.

“It was beneficial because they were able to get on with the job.”

The Lane Street house was empty but was undergoing renovation.

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