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Teen saved in house fire as Bucks crews remind you to check your fire alarm

Chesham and Amersham Fire Service saved a 17 year old girl from a house fire earlier this week.

On Tuesday  (2/8) evening, crews received a call from the girl reporting that a fire had broken out in her living room.

 She had been alerted to the fire by her smoke alarm sounding and was trapped by the smoke in her first-floor bedroom.

In the space of four minutes firegithers were on the scene and able to rescue her, her cat and a kitten. 

The fire service are using this case as a reminder to always check your fire alarms are working properly, as it could save your life. 

They have issued this advice:


  • You should have a working smoke alarm, one on every level of the building, ideally in the hallway and on the landing from where the sound will travel to all rooms.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month. If you cannot reach them yourself even when using a broom handle, ask a visitor, friend or neighbour to help you
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years as the sensors in them will become less sensitive over time
  • If your smoke alarms have removable batteries, change the batteries every year. Only take a battery out when you need to replace it

For more advice on how to keep your family and home #firesafe visit our Safety Advice Hub Safety Advice Hub – Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service (bucksfire.gov.uk)"

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