Firefighters urge people to check smoke alarms after Moorside blaze

Fire damaged flat in Maltby Close, Sunderland, this morning (Monday)
Fire damaged flat in Maltby Close, Sunderland, this morning (Monday)
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THREE people escaped from a house blaze – thanks to a smoke alarm.

Firefighters were called to Maltby Close, Moorside, at 12.40am, yesterday, to tackle a fire which had broken out in the bedroom of the upstairs flat.

Three people – two men aged 47 and 26 and a woman aged 29 – managed to flee from the property after hearing the smoke alarm.

They also alerted a family – which included a young child living downstairs – to the blaze.

All three suffered from smoke inhalation and were treated by paramedics.

Crews took an hour and 20 minutes to tackle the flames.

The bedroom was destroyed in the fire, while the downstairs flat suffered water damage.

Today, fire chiefs urged homeowners to test their smoke alarms to ensure they are working.

Crew manager Warren Mulvaney from North Moor and Farringdon fire station said: “They were very lucky as they managed to escape without any serious injury.

“If they hadn’t been alerted by the smoke alarm, the consequences could have been a lot more serious.

“When we arrived the flames could be seen coming out of the window.

“At the end of the day we have three people who are alive who may not have been if they didn’t have a working smoke alarm.

“We can’t stress enough just how important it is for people not to just have a smoke alarm fitted, but to also test it on a regular basis.”

The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation has been launched.