Employee escaped from Corby office block fire thanks to alarm being triggered

The worker was saved by the safety device

A person inside Corby Business Centre was able to escape after the building’s smoke alarm system alerted them to the blaze.

Eight fire crews attended a large blaze at an office block in Corby on Thursday (June 12).

Crews arrived at Margarethe House in Eismann Way at 10:50pm and firefighters were deployed inside wearing breathing apparatus as others tackled the fire from outside through a first floor window.

Fire crews arrived at the building at 10.50pm on Wednesday

The block is home to a number of small businesses.

Incident Commander Dan Retter said: “The fire alarm gave vital early warning to the occupant allowing them to safely exit the building.

“This really emphasises the importance of testing your smoke alarms, be that in a commercial or domestic premises.

“The incident yet again shows that smoke alarms really do save lives.”

Workers begin the salvage operation

Fire safety specialists and a fire investigator are supporting the business and the cause is under investigation.

Information about business fire safety is available at {www.northantsfire.gov.uk/safety/meeting-your-legal-obligations-rb/|nere-|here|.

Damage can be seen at the rear of the building