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Woman detained after fires at home
4:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Echo News
A WOMAN has been detained under the Mental Health Act after two fires hit her home in two days.
She escaped the first blaze shortly after midnight on Friday after being pulled unconscious from her flat in Hainault Avenue, Westcliff, after falling asleep while smoking a cigarette in bed.
Fire crews were then called again on Saturday afternoon to lead the 35-year old to safety, before she was taken to Southend Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
Crews from Leigh and Southend attended the call on Friday and quickly established there was someone inside the burning building, which didn’t have a working smoke alarm.
Sub-officer Karl Smith said: “We were faced with quite a well-developed fire in the bedroom of the house.
“The occupant was unconscious from the effects of the smoke. She was rescued by firefighters, brought out and given emergency first aid. She had oxygen therapy to revive her.”
Crews also rescued the woman’s dog.
On both occasions, the fire was contained to the bedroom, but the rest of the property was affected by smoke.
After the second fire, a police spokesman said: “We were called by the fire brigade after a fire at an address in Hainault Avenue at 4pm.
“The fire is being treated as suspicious.
“A woman was taken to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation and was later detained under the Mental Health Act.”