Elderly woman rescued from property fire
An elderly woman was rescued after a fire at her Poole home.
At 1.40pm on Friday September 7, Dorset fire and rescue Service were called to a property fire in a block of flats in Princess Road, Branksome.
Crews from Westbourne, Springbourne and Redhill attended as 15 firefighters tackled the lounge blaze using four sets of breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets.
Station Manager Dave Graham who attended the incident, said: "Smoke detectors are essential in providing an early warning that a fire is taking place. In order to work to their full potential they need to be placed properly (on the ceiling in a central room, on all floors of your home), tested weekly and the battery needs to be replaced when they run out.
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"We provide free home safety checks to the residents of Dorset. This means will will visit your home and provide you with free home safety advice specifically for your home including advice on escape routes, cooking, electrics and we provide and fit smoke detectors where necessary."
A pet cat was also rescued from the property. The Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle also attended the incident.
A fire investigation is currently under way to establish the cause of this fire.