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Fire checks carried out in Sheffield after fatal blaze

The scene of a fatal blaze on Wake Road, Nether Edge

The scene of a fatal blaze on Wake Road, Nether Edge

Scores of Sheffield homes near the scene of a fatal blaze where five people died have undergone safe- ty checks by firefighters.

Firefighters are carrying out the free checks in and around Wake Road, Nether Edge, after a blaze last month killed three generations of the same family.

So far, 80 homes have been examined for hazards which could put them at risk of a fire.

Shabina Begum, aged 53, her daughter Anum Parwaiz, 20 and three grandchildren, aged nine, seven and nine weeks, perished in the blaze on April 28.

A joint police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire established a faulty charger was to blame.

Watch manager Simon Brooks, of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, is coordinating the community safety work following the tragedy.

He said: “We have been carrying home safety checks and have been giving advice to residents since the tragedy and we will continue to do so for the next few weeks.

“We are calling at each home in the area three times in the hope of being able to carry out as many fire safety checks as possible in and around Wake Road.

“The aim of the work is to try to prevent any future incidents of this type.”

Firefighters are stressing the importance of ‘escape plans’.

Mr Brooks said: “Smoke alarms and escape plans go hand in hand – you can’t have one without the other.

“If your alarm goes off you and your family need to know what to do to get out.

“People need to be thinking ‘what if I had a fire, what would I do’.”

He urged people to always close all the doors inside their homes at night.

He said: “Think of your house like one big box – if fire broke out and all the doors were open the entire box would go up. However, if you shut all your doors each room is then a separate box and it takes longer for a fire to spread. What happened on Wake Road was a tragic accident we never want to see repeated again, which is why this community safety work is so important.”

 

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