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Bridlington fire deaths prompt home sprinklers call

  • 11-23-2010

_49920782_brid_comp-1.jpgThe deaths of three children in a house fire in East Yorkshire have prompted calls for laws requiring sprinklers to be fitted in all new homes.

Three-year-old Maddie Hudson, Anthony Hudson, five, and William Beale, nine, died in the blaze in Clarence Avenue, Bridlington, on 11 November.

Their mother, Samantha Hudson, 27, remains critically ill in hospital.

Fire safety campaigners have now called for legislation in England forcing housebuilders to fit sprinkler systems.

On Wednesday, a bill is expected to be passed by the Welsh Assembly making sprinklers mandatory in all new homes in Wales.

The National Fire Sprinkler Network, a coalition representing UK fire authorities, said similar legislation should be brought into force in England.

Its call has been backed by Humberside Fire Service and the Chief Fire Officers' Association.

A National Fire Sprinkler Network spokesman said: "On 11 November three young children died following a fire in their home in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

"The incident, which also left their mother critically ill in hospital, is a tragic yet timely reminder of the devastating effect of fire."

'Vital' legislation

The organisation's chairman, Ian Cox, who is also chief fire officer of the Royal Berkshire Fire Service, said: "On Wednesday, proposed legislation to approve the installation of domestic sprinkler systems in all new domestic properties in Wales will hopefully be passed.

"It is vital that this legislation not only gets passed in Wales, but that it is considered for domestic properties in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland."

Dene Sanders, assistant chief officer at Humberside Fire Service, said: "As a fire and rescue service, we work hard to make our communities and our firefighters safer.

"When someone dies in a fire, it is absolutely devastating.

"Our advice to anyone is to get a smoke alarm, check it once a week and have an escape plan.

"Sprinkler systems would add to our efforts of protecting our communities and we would welcome this legislation being introduced in England."

Humberside Police said investigations with the fire service had showed the Bridlington house fire started in the front room but the exact cause was still unknown.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

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