North West Wales

Family of five 'lucky to be alive' after Gwynedd fire

A family-of-five are "lucky to be alive" after a fire at their Gwynedd home early on Sunday, say emergency services.

A mother, 45, her sons, aged 22 and five, daughters aged 17 and nine, and a friend, 18, were asleep at their semi-detached house at Y Ffor near Pwllheli.

They escaped after their neighbours, a family-of-four, heard a smoke alarm sounding at 0422 BST on Sunday.

The six were all treated for smoke inhalation at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started in the bathroom of the house, which was left uninhabitable by the fire.

Firefighters also rescued four cats from the property in Y Treflan, and the neighbours also had to evacuate their home.

The exact cause of the blaze is now being investigated.

Crews from Pwllheli and Nefyn arrived at the scene to find the fire was "well alight" and had spread to the roofspace of the three-bedroomed house, said officers.

Eight sets of breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and four ladders were used to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading.

"Both families are lucky to be alive," said community safety manager Dave Evans.

"In this incident, the property was fitted with smoke detectors and this awoke members of both families who were able to raise the alarm and ensure everyone evacuated.

Image caption The fire broke out at a semi-detached home in Y Ffor, Gwynedd

"As they were all asleep at the time, without the early warning afforded by smoke alarms this incident could easily have led to multiple fatalities."

Mr Jones said he could not over-emphasise the life-saving properties of smoke alarms and the importance of getting out, staying out and dialling 999 when involved in such a fire.

"It is imperative to ensure all fitted smoke alarms are in working order, to check them every week and change the batteries when required," he said.

"As this incident clearly demonstrates, smoke alarms do save lives."

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