On Tuesday 29 December at approximately 21:19pm, we attended a fire in a ground floor flat on Oak Street, Leicester. Crews from Eastern and Central Fire Stations attended the incident, along with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
Crews gained access to the flat, and one casualty was removed. CPR was administered, however the casualty sadly passed away shortly after.
The cause of the fire was determined as accidental.
This is a terrible tragedy, and the thoughts of the Fire and Rescue Service are with the family, friends and acquaintances of the deceased.
As part of our post-incident response procedure, we are providing reassurance and advice on home fire safety in order to prevent any similar incidents occurring in the future. Crews are in the local area tomorrow (1 January), sharing home fire safety advice.
Please note, all Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service employees carry identification cards, which they are more than happy to show you. If someone approaches your home posing as an employee of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and are unwilling or unable to show you identification, do not let them in and report them to Leicestershire Police via leics.police.uk/contact-us.
We would advise that you have a minimum of one working smoke alarm on each level of your home, and recommend you test these on a monthly basis. Keep escape routes clear, and ensure that a fire escape plan is discussed within your household.
Further advice on how to keep you and your home safe from fire are available on Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s website, which can be found by visiting leics-fire.gov.uk/your-safety/at-home.
Home Fire Safety Check
What is a home fire safety check? This is a service which offers you advice on how to prevent fires and what to do in the event of a fire. It is carried out by Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service and its partners and takes place at your home, lasting approximately 30 minutes. As part of this service, smoke alarms may be fitted and subsequent maintenance and replacement of these becomes the responsibility of the homeowner. Smoke alarms are not provided as a matter of course.
Who is eligible? We only target our visits at people and places where we know there is a higher risk of fire. The information supplied in the application process will help us to determine your risk, so please complete the form as completely and accurately as possible. The check is not appropriate for people who live in accommodation where they are looked after, such as care homes. If this is the case, than a fire safety talk will be more suitable and this can be arranged by completing the community safety events form here.
Why request a visit? If you are concerned that your home may be at risk of fire or know someone who you think needs our help, then please use this form to request a visit.
How long will it take to complete the form?
No more than a couple of minutes.
To request a Home Safety Check, visit lfrs.egressforms.com/Form/HomeFireSafetyCheck.
Most fires in the home start accidentally and the effects of these can be devastating. It’s important you know how to reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home to help keep yourself, your family and your property safe from fire.
Don’t forget, if there is a fire inside your home, get out, stay out and call 999 – don’t try to tackle the fire yourself.
Leicestershire Fire & Rescue service News Release