Woman's lucky escape in house blaze drama


Staff reporter

A WOMAN had a lucky escape after a blaze ripped through the living room
of her house on the outskirts of Chester.

She was treated for smoke inhalation after being alerted to the fire by smokes alarms previously fitted by the fire services.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service was at the scene of the fire in Maytree Avenue, Vicars Cross, for a number of hours and an investigation into the cause of the blaze, which broke out shortly after 11.35am yesterday, has been launched. 

Two fire engines from Chester attended and found the ground floor of the property well alight.

The occupant, a female in her mid-40s, had managed to escape the house but was later treated by paramedics at the scene.

Four firefighters donned breathing apparatus and entered the house before using hose reel jets to extinguish the flames.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters were called to a report of a house fire on Maytree Avenue in Chester at 11.37am on Thursday.

“When they arrived crews found a blaze in the ground floor of the property.

“A specialist fan was also used to clear the smoke. The service had previously fitted smoke alarms at this home.

“These helped alert the occupier to the fire. One casualty was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. An investigation into the cause of the fire has now been launched.”

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 12.39pm and sent one ambulance and a rapid response vehicle.

“There was one casualty, a female aged in her mid 40s, who was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.”

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