Fire service issue appliance warning

PUBLISHED: 10:30 23 March 2016


Fire officers are warning people not to leave their electrical appliances unattended after being called to a fire which started in a dishwasher in East Devon at the weekend.

A dishwasher was switched on before the occupants left their Honiton house. The house was in an isolated location but had an adjoining property and the neighbour noticed smoke coming from one of the windows and alerted the fire service.

Two crews attended and quickly and effectively dealt with the fire that had severely damaged the kitchen. The smoke had spread to all rooms in the house because all the internal doors had been left open.

No one was injured and the house was fitted with smoke alarms that operated so would have alerted anyone in the property to the danger.

Station manager Andy Hallam said: “If someone had been at home the smoke alarms would have alerted them, they could have switched the appliance off if it was safe to do so, and/or closed the door to the kitchen before calling the fire service. Either way the damage caused would have been significantly less.”

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