Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alarms Set Up after Fatal Fire; Brigade in New Plea to Follow Safety Advice

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Alarms Set Up after Fatal Fire; Brigade in New Plea to Follow Safety Advice

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Byline: Neil McKay

FIRE officers are today calling at homes near where a man was killed in a blaze to install free smoke alarms.

The man, named locally as Brian Ritchie, who was in his forties, from Mount Stewart Street, Dawdon, Seaham, County Durham, died on Thursday night.

Neighbours alerted firefighters after seeing thick smoke pouring from the terraced house.

The house had smoke alarms, but it is not yet known if they were working.

Firefighters are now offering to fit free fire alarms and give safety information in the area.

Fire and Rescue Service chief executive Susan Johnson said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentlemen at this tragic time.

"As a service, our aim is to protect and educate members of our communities about the dangers of fire.

"At a time like this we are reminded of these dangers and urge all residents to take up our offer of free home fire safety advice and the fitting of free smoke alarms. …

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