Man saved from fire by new technology

Fire chief Martyn Emberson
Fire chief Martyn Emberson

An elderly man escaped serious injury and possible death when breakthrough “mist technology” put out a fire in his home.

The 86-year-old from Wellingborough suffered only minor smoke inhalation when a blaze spread through his house on Friday, October 26.

The fire service installed the Ultra Guard water mist system at the man’s home in April, following checks which identified the man as vulnerable – and a fire officer has said that the device saved the man’s life.

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson, of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Undoubtedly the Ultra Guard water mist system installed in this premises saved the life of a very vulnerable person, when a smoke alarm alone would not have done.

“This system is like having your own firefighter at hand, in your home 24/7 to put out a fire.

“For those people who can’t help themselves when a fire occurs, technology like this is a proven lifesaver.”

The system provided a “rapid knock down” of the fire and had fully extinguished it before the fire service even arrived.

Within a few hours the room was dried out, the water mist unit re-charged and the man was able to move back into his home fully protected again.

The 86-year-old, who cannot be named due to his vulnerability, was known to be immobile and a heavy smoker.

An investigation suggested the cause of the fire was accidental, starting when discarded smoking materials ignited a newspaper next to the man’s chair in his living and sleeping area.