A young family were saved by a smoke detector after fire took hold of their Portsmouth flat.
Crews from Southsea were called to New Road to deal with the blaze in the back bedroom of a first floor flat, at around 7pm last night.
The bedroom was completely destroyed by fire and the rest of the flat was badly damaged by the smoke, leaving it in an uninhabitable state.
No harm came to the family, and crew manager Paul Rogers, from Southsea fire station, said their smoke detector saved them from injury.
‘The smoke detector gave them early warning,’ he said. ‘They managed to get out early and call us out, and we took it from there.
‘Smoke detectors are invaluable. They do their job and in this case it gave the family that early warning.
‘The time of day meant they probably weren’t in bed - but it certainly prevented any injuries.
‘The bedroom was severely affected by the fire and there was a lot of smoke damage.
‘The flat was 100 per cent damaged by smoke and the flat is uninhabitable.’
Crew Manager Rogers said the family will be found alternate accommodation through Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Three crews were dispatched from Southsea fire station and around 15 firefighters dealt with the blaze.
The residents of a ground floor flat made way to give firefighters access the back of the building, but no other residents were evacuated.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
Crews left the scene at around 8.30pm.