A serious house fire in Langold overnight has prompted firefighters to remind residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms.
Crews from Worksop and Harworth, with assistance from Maltby in South Yorkshire, were called shortly before 00:15am this morning (Friday 24 March), to a house on Knott End, which was well-alight.
A 76-year old man living in the property had self-rescued before the arrival of the service, and was given treatment by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
Firefighters have taken this opportunity to give fire safety advice to the local community, visiting over 20 properties this morning following the fire, which severely damaged both floors of the property.
Station Manager Martin Bills, said: "This was an extremely serious incident, in which the elderly gentleman involved had a lucky escape, but this could have been a lot worse had he not been able to get out of the property.
"I cannot emphasise enough how important it is, both for your safety and that of your loved ones, to have smoke alarms on every level of your home, and to test them regularly.
"Should there be a fire in your home, this could save your life and ensure you have enough time to safely escape and call the fire service, and we ask you to take the time to ensure that your home is safe from fire. If you are unsure, you can contact your local station for a free Home Safety Check, where firefighters will come and assess your safety, and even fit smoke alarms if necessary."
Martin added that it is not just checking smoke alarms which could save your life, but also ensuring that you have a night time routine in place.
"Making sure that appliances are switched off and that cigarettes are extinguished before you go to bed is really important, and by doing this, you can limit the chances of a fire starting in your home.
"We are also keen to encourage anyone who has any elderly neighbours, relatives or friends to take a bit of time to check on them on a regular basis to make sure that they are living in a safe environment, making sure that they have working smoke alarms, and an escape plan, and that they aren't leaving cooking or cigarettes unattended."
Firefighters who attended the incident would like to pass on their thanks to the residents of Knott End for their patience while the incident was dealt with.
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