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Alarm saves man in flat fire

PUBLISHED: 12:01 01 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

IPSWICH man Christopher Stewart today put his arms round his neighbour as he realised how an alarm and quick-thinking friends saved his life.

Mr Stewart could have died as acrid black smoke filled his Downside Close flat last night.

IPSWICH man Christopher Stewart today put his arms round his neighbour as he realised how an alarm and quick-thinking friends saved his life.

Mr Stewart could have died as acrid black smoke filled his Downside Close flat last night.

The smoke came from a boil-in-the-bag curry that he had left cooking in his kitchen as he fell asleep.

His door was left open and the smoke escaped, setting off a combined burglar and fire alarm in the corridor.

"I had come home and was feeling a bit hungry so I put the curry on and sat down, but then I fell straight to sleep," he said.

"If it hadn't been for the alarm, I don't think I would have woken up. I'm just relieved I left the flat door open."

The alarm was heard by his friend and neighbour David Nichols when it went off at about 11pm last night.

When the firemen arrived he went in to find Mr Stewart and took him into his own flat nearby.

"It was full of smoke, it was really nasty in there. I just got him out as soon as I could," said Mr Nichols.

"I can't believe what happened to me – it shows just how important smoke alarms are," Mr Stewart added.

He has lived at the flat for the last nine months and said that the incident would encourage him to have a working alarm wherever he lived in the future.

"This campaign for alarms is really good – now I know just how vital they can be," he said.


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