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Another Family Survives Fire

A Bodden Town couple and their 16-month-old child escaped injury in a house fire by tying sheets together and using them to descend from a second-floor window.

Their prompt reaction - and a speedy response from the Cayman Islands Fire Service - also resulted in the fire at their home being quickly extinguished.

Calling both responses to the early-morning fire "phenomenal," Acting Chief Fire Officer Rosworth McLaughlin commended the residents for their alert reaction, and he lauded the responding fire officers "for a job well-done."

The Fire Service had received a 911 call at around 5:30 this morning (Wednesday, 18 March), reporting a fire at the BT residence.

Fire vehicles from the Frank Sound and Central fire stations responded to call. The fire was brought under control within only four minutes of arrival at the scene. Investigations regarding the cause are ongoing.

This was the second residential fire this month - during the first on Cayman Brac, the three occupants also escaped through a window but the residence was severely damaged. Mr McLaughlin accordingly reminded all residents of the need for working smoke detectors and strategically-placed fire extinguishers in their homes.

He urged people to be informed regarding fire-safety precautions and reiterated the need to have fire escape plans for private dwellings.

For more fire-safety tips, contact the Fire Service on 949-0077.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian