Shotton blaze 'could have been a lot worse'

Published date: 05 December 2013 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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A MAN has told of his “lucky escape” from a fire at his flat.

David Farr said he had smoke alarms to thank for alerting him to the fire in his kitchen on Ash Grove, Shotton, after he fought the flames with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived.

Mr Farr, who lives in a Clwyd Alyn Housing Association property, said the fire could have been much worse after smoke had engulfed his flat.

“I was lucky,” Mr Farr said. “It could well have been a lot worse.

“You just wouldn’t believe how much smoke there was so quickly.

“The place was black in seconds. The flames were about a foot high and I had to use the fire extinguisher.”

Mr Farr, 51, had finished making a bacon sandwich when the fire took hold, igniting paper left near to the grill.

“It was stupidity really,” he said. “But luckily the fire started and stopped in the kitchen.

“It happened really quickly. I had only been out of the kitchen about 15 seconds when the smoke alarms went off.

“I am really glad Clwyd Alyn had installed them and a fire extinguisher or I don’t know what might have happened.”

Mr Farr praised the quick response from the fire service, who he said arrived just minutes after he called them.

“They did what they needed to do and they were very good,” he added.

“But I would urge other people to be vigilant to prevent the same thing from happening to them.

Mr Farr was the only person in the property during the fire, but he wished to thank a neighbour who went to his aid after they heard the smoke alarms going off.

“I don’t know who the guy was but I want to thank him for coming to my assistance,” he told the Leader.

attended the fire on the upper floor of a mid-terraced two-story property at 11.37am yesterday.

They used two sets of breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the flames and said they had isolated utilities and ventilated the property before leaving at 12.26pm.

North Wales Fire and Rescue provides free home safety checks and smoke detectors.

These can be booked by calling 0800 169 1234.

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