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A pregnant woman and two young children were treated by ambulance crews today after suffering smoke inhalation at a fire.
The fire was discovered in the airing cupboard of the third floor flat on All Saints Road in Sutton, SM1, after the occupant smelt smoke while in the kitchen.
The cupboard was completely damaged by fire, with the corridor also party damaged by the blaze. The rest of the flat was completely damaged by smoke.
Watch Manager John Whiley, who was at the scene, said: “The family were lucky to escape unharmed. Although there were two smoke alarms in the property, the batteries had been removed, therefore the only reason that they knew their flat was on fire was because they could smell it.
"Had the fire started whilst they were asleep, this may have ended with much more dire consequences. I cannot stress enough how a working smoke alarm can save lives."
Three fire engines and 15 firefighters from Purley, Mitcham and Wallington fire stations were at the scene.
The Brigade was called at 1042 and the fire was under control by 1150. It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault.