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OAP's 'lucky escape' from blaze

Burnt bed
The fire damaged bed from which the woman escaped

A 77-year-old woman escaped a fire in her bedroom after her son saw smoke seeping from the room as she slept.

Firefighters who were called to the blaze in Froncysyllte, near Wrexham at around 0120 BST on Saturday, said she had a "lucky escape".

The woman was treated by an ambulance at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.

The fire was caused by a faulty electric blanket resulting in extensive fire and smoke damage to the bedroom.

Fire crews from Chirk and Llangollen attended the fire in the detached property, which has sustained smoke damage.

Ian Williams from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said all occupiers needed to have their electric blankets tested regularly by a qualified electrician.

He added the property had two smoke alarms installed but the batteries had been removed.

"All homes must have a working smoke alarm installed as they will give an early warning of a fire," he said.

"They must be maintained regularly by testing the battery once a week and changing it at least once a year. You should never disconnect them or remove the battery."

Mr Williams said the fire service offered a free home fire safety check and would install smoke alarms for free where necessary.

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