FIREFIGHTERS battled to save a house in Ashley Heath after a fire broke out.

Crews from Ferndown, Verwood and Redhill Park were called to an address on Forest Edge Drive at 7.15 yesterday morning (Sunday April 17).

On arrival at the scene they found a garage was "well alight". Three hose reels and two main lines were used to extinguish the fire which affected the garage and utility room.

One resident was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Station manager Mark Downing said: “Crews worked extremely hard to contain this fire and prevent it spreading to the rest of the property.

"Thankfully, smoke alarms fitted within the house provided an early warning to the occupiers, who were able to get out and call us.

"Firefighters treated one resident at the scene for smoke inhalation."

The cause of the fire is believed to have been electrical.

“After a fire investigation, we believe the cause of the fire to be electrical. This is a good opportunity to remind residents that we have some important electrical fire safety tips on our website including information on battery chargers, electrical sockets and appliances. I’d also like to remind the public to ensure they have working smoke alarms on every level of their home; they really can save your life," added Mark.

For more advice on smoke alarms and electrical fire safety visit the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service website.


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