Kids rescued from blaze

TWO children were saved from a fire that took hold of a mid-terrace house in Knaphill on Saturday night.

At about 8.20pm, two appliances from Woking Green Watch were confronted by flames billowing from the first floor of the property in Southwood Avenue.

After ensuring all occupants were out of the building, four firefighters in breathing apparatus were committed to tackling the blaze using high-pressure hose reels.

A third appliance from Guildford supplied additional manpower and the fire was brought under control and extinguished. Adjacent properties were searched to ensure the fire hadn’t spread.

An investigation established that the cause was a T-light candle. An open window had blown the curtain on to the naked flame; the fire destroyed the bedroom and damaged the landing.

Although the property had smoke alarms on both floors, they were inoperable due to battery issues and did not alert the occupiers who were downstairs. Luckily they were able to safely gather their two sleeping children from another bedroom and exit the building.

Green Watch stayed until 10.30pm when a fire emergency support vehicle manned by the Red Cross arrived to support the family.

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