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At 9.25pm 23rd August, the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to smoke inside a property in Castletown on Portland. Because it was unclear whether or not all the occupants were outside, the incident was treated as “persons reported” and three fire appliances were mobilised – two from Portland and one from Weymouth. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and found that there had been a fire in the foyer area of the building which had been extinguished prior to the Service’s arrival. An adult female was treated on scene by Ambulance personnel for smoke inhalation and the Police attended as the fire is thought to have been started deliberately.
At 0048 the fire and rescue service received a call to a property in Avenue Road, Weymouth where there was smoke in the second floor bedroom of the property. 2 fire engines from Weymouth fire station were sent to put out the fire.
Our fire fighters extinguished the fire using 4 breathing apparatus and 2 hose reel jets. The fire caused 50% damage to a lamp and some clothing. One casualty was taken to hospital by road ambulance.
This incident shows the benefit of a working smoke alarm. The cause of the fire was found to be a cushion that had been placed, dangerously, on top of a lamp in the bedroom. The occupiers were only alerted to the presence of the fire due to a working smoke alarm. Had this not been the case then the fire could have developed further, which may have resulted in more damage and injuries, and perhaps even worse.
Always have a working smoke alarm and never place anything flammable over anything that has the potential to become hot.
At 20:18 the service was called by a security guard at Tecan stating the alarms were sounding and smoke was issuing from the building.
Two appliances from Weymouth and Portland attended and on arrival confirmed smoke issuing and made up for a further 2 appliances. These were sent from Maiden Newton and Dorchester.
The fire was confined to an electrical light fitting and section of carpet on the first floor in an office area and was extinguished by firefighters in breathing apparatus using 1 hose reel jet and a CO2 extinguisher.