A crew from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have clubbed together to support a family after a devastating fire took hold in their home, killing their beloved pet dog, and destroying belongings – including their Christmas presents.
On Tuesday (18/12/18) afternoon firefighters from Odsal and Illingworth stations were called to the Clayton area of Bradford to a kitchen fire in the house. There was no-one in the house at the time. They managed to rescue the family dog and performed CPR but sadly despite the best efforts of the team the one year-old puppy could not be saved.
This was a kitchen fire and whilst investigations into cause are ongoing, it is not believed to be suspicious. The damage to the property was extensive, destroying the kitchen and causing smoke damage throughout the house.
Once crews had done all they could at the scene they went back to their stations and reflected on what they’d seen – and decided they wanted to do a little more for this family at this special time of year.
Jack Furbisher, the Odsal crew commander, spearheaded the idea, helped by colleagues including Firefighter David Burke.
David said: “We had a whip round at work to help replace a few gifts and hopefully make things a tad easier for the family – and headed down to our local Tesco on Great Horton Road to buy a few gifts.
“Jack had a chat with the manager about what had happened and asked them to donate some wrapping paper and they went above and beyond – donating gifts for all, groceries and gift cards.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the guys that donated at work as well as Tesco for their generous contribution.
“Lastly we would like to remind everyone how important it is to have working smoke alarms and to close their internal doors when they leave the house or go to bed in order to prevent the spread of fire should one break out.”
Tony Pearson, the station commander at Fairweather Green Fire Station, added: “In my 30 years of working with the fire service, this is one of the kindest gestures I’ve witnessed. Many of my staff have young children and pets so know how devastating these things can be, especially at this time of year.
“Crews continue to provide Safe and Well visits throughout the year and part of the advice they give is the importance of closing doors. While the kitchen would still have suffered extensive damage, the damage from traveling smoke would have been reduced considerably with every closed door it reached, reducing the overall damage. Smoke detection is vital to give the earliest warning possible.”