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"Don't tackle fires yourself" warn fire crews

Publication date
15 November 2013
News release text
A Gravesend couple were taken to hospital after a fire in their home overnight, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. 
 
Kent Fire and Rescue Service received the 999 call to Haig Gardens at 1.22am this morning and were on the scene within minutes. Crews in breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the blaze, which started in a walk-in wardrobe in the three bedroomed house. 
 
Thames-side Watch Manager, Vicki Brown, said: “Once we had extinguished the fire, the couple explained that the woman had been asleep in bed and woke to see a glow in the room. She opened the wardrobe door and discovered the blaze, her partner was alerted by her screaming and rushed to her aid. After taking her to safety he returned to the room and attempted to remove clothing from the wardrobe to tackle the fire.” 
 
The woman was treated for smoke inhalation, while her partner suffered burns to his hands and feet. Both were treated at the scene by firefighters before being taken to hospital by ambulance. 
 
Vicki added: “If you’re unlucky enough to have a fire in your home, don’t attempt to put it out yourself. Always remember, buildings and possessions can be replaced but your life can’t. Get out of your home, closing the doors behind you to stop the fire spreading and call the fire service.” 
 
After extinguishing the blaze, crews used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the smoke from the house. 
 
The cause of the fire is unknown but the first floor of the house was damaged by heat and smoke. 
 
Crews were on the scene for approximately two hours.
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