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Halogen heater the cause of a fire in Taibach

10/05/2019 16:00

On Tuesday, 07/05/2019 at 10:35pm, crews from Port Talbot attended a property fire in Dyffryn Road, Taibach, Port Talbot.

The fire was confined to a ground floor flat within a mid-terraced property. Firefighters rescued a male casualty from the property and administered first aid and oxygen therapy to the casualty before he was conveyed to hospital by the Ambulance Service.

Firefighters extinguished the fire using four breathing apparatus, two thermal imaging cameras and four hose reel jets.

Firefighters entered both adjacent properties to ensure the safety of residence. 

The fire was caused by a halogen heater left unattended.

The Fire Service left the incident at 11:30pm.

Station Manager Andy Postlethwaite, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said “The crews did a fantastic job in entering the property and rescuing the casualty in a fast and professional manner.

Portable heaters should never be left on unattended, which also includes whilst you are sleeping. It is important to ensure that they are positioned well away from anything which could knock them over and that they are at least a metre away from any combustible materials, such as paper or curtains.

Do not power a halogen heater from an extension lead, as these can easily be overloaded and cause fires.

If you own or use a portable heater, please ensure that you regularly inspect your heater for damage. If it is damaged, don’t use it.

This incident could have been far worse had it not been for an occupier, in the above flat, being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and phoning 999. Smoke alarms save lives, so please ensure that you install working smoking alarms and test them regularly.”