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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Friend rescues Cumbrian woman from fire

A woman who collapsed in the smoke-filled bedroom of her burning home owes her life to a quick-thinking friend who dragged her to safety.

The blaze broke out in the bedroom of a three bedroom semi in Windebrowe Avenue in Keswick shortly after 9.30am yesterday.

Watch Manager George Sansom confirmed that four of the five people who were in the house were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

He described how the group had been in the house at the time the fire was discovered.

She had gone upstairs to investigate after hearing the smoke alarm go off, opened a bedroom door, and was then overcome by the heat and smoke from within.

Mr Sansom said: “One of the other ladies in the house went upstairs and found the woman who first went up had collapsed. She dragged her out on the the landing, where she came around and they then went downstairs. Everybody got out of the house.”

The fire officer said that the woman who dragged her friend out of the room almost certainly saved her life.

He said any person who suspects there is a fire in a room with a closed door should leave the property and immediately call the fire brigade.

Opening a door in such circumstances allows an existing fire to breathe, giving it a fresh supply of oxygen.

In the fire yesterday, two cats were in the bed room but both escaped unharmed when the bedroom door was opened.

Fire chiefs have confirmed that the blaze was not suspicious.

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