Oct 23 2009 By David Goodban
Five people rescued from fire in Queensferry, Deeside
FIREFIGHTERS say five people are lucky to be alive after a blaze broke out in a Chinese takeaway in Queensferry this morning.
The trapped casualties, who are all adults, were asleep in two rooms above the Silver River on Station Road when the alarm was raised by passers-by at around 10am.
They were moved into one room and treated with breathing apparatus while firefighters tackled the flames and battled to clear smoke.
Once the building had been evacuated the occupants, one a 64-year-old man, were treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital for precautionary checks.
Onlooker Bill Baten, of nearby Belvedere Close, said: "There was a lot of smoke billowing out. It must have been very frightening if you were trapped."
Kevin Roberts, county safety manager for Flintshire, told The Chronicle the fire started in the kitchen of the takeaway and an investigation will be launched to establish the cause. There were no smoke alarms fitted in the flat.
"They were extremely lucky," he said. "They were asleep at the time and if it had been the middle of the night when there were no people around to see the smoke it could have been different.
"We could easily have been dealing with five deaths."
Firefighters from Deeside and Buckley were called to the property at 10.05am. A joint fire investigation with North Wales Police is now under way.
Mr Roberts added: "The five residents in the property were extremely lucky to have escaped unharmed, as they had no working smoke alarms fitted to give them an early warning of the fire.
"Firefighters entered the building and kept the residents upstairs in a bedroom while crews tackled the fire which had blocked their escape.
"The crews worked well together to calm the residents and extinguish the fire before leading them outside the property."
He continued: "I cannot over-emphasise the importance of having a working smoke alarm, which could have alerted the residents of the fire and allowed them to escape before the fire had developed.
"North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer free home fire safety checks, where a member of the service will come to your home, give fire safety advice, help you to formulate a fire escape plan and, if necessary, fit new smoke alarms on every floor of your home."
To register for a home fire safety check call 0800 169 1234, visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk or email [email protected].