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Alarm warning after roof blaze

PUBLISHED: 11:21 19 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

FIRE chiefs are today urging people to ensure smoke alarms are in good working order following a loft fire at an Ipswich home.

Two crews attended a Raeburn Road fire that was started by someone using a naked flame for light in the loft.

FIRE chiefs are today urging people to ensure smoke alarms are in good working order following a loft fire at an Ipswich home.

Two crews attended a Raeburn Road fire that was started by someone using a naked flame for light in the loft.

Sub Officer Simon Little, who was in charge of the crews at the scene, issued a warning for people to keep an eye on their smoke detectors.

He said: "It was a small fire in the loft which was caused by the occupier searching for something in the loft with a lighter.

"This is our Fire Safety Week and our No Excuses Campaign. We would say that smoke detectors must be regularly checked and if necessary batteries replaced.

"In our campaign we are trying to get the message across to people, including those who can't afford it because we can help them."

He also warned people against taking the batteries out due to false alarms.

Carol Chambers, who lives at the Gainsborough home, said she felt lucky as the fire could have been worse.

She said: "My boy went up into the loft to have a look to see if he could find something. Before he knew it something had caught fire.

"He raised the alarm and I contacted the fire service from my mobile phone.

"We have a smoke alarm but there are no batteries in it, but I will make sure there are from now on."

Two crews, one from Princes Street and one from Colchester Road HQ attended the fire at about 5.45pm yesterday.

The blaze was extinguished before they arrived and a stop time of 17.51 was recorded.

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