#childsafety | Safety advice issued after fatal Exeter fire


Firefighters in Devon have said that they will be issuing “more safety advice” over the coming days following a house blaze in Devon which led to the death of three people including a small child.

Crews from Devon and Somerset (DS) Fire and Rescue Service were called out to Clayton Road in Exeter on Sunday morning (February 21).

Daniel, 29, and Kaylie Rudge, 28, and their four-year-old daughter Lilly were killed in the blaze and three other children are being treated at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Dozens of tributes have been paid to the deceased following the incident which has left many in the city heartbroken.

The scene of the fatal house fire in Exeter on Monday

Another statement on the incident has been released by DS Fire, which said: “We will be sharing more safety advice over the coming days for parents and children.

“Fire crews were called to the house fire at 5.15am yesterday. Two adults and a child died and three other children are in critical conditions at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”

The statement also had a quote from Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell expressing the service’s condolences to the friends and family of Daniel, Kaylie and Lilly.

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CFO Howell also gave some more safety advice along with the tribute.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who knew the family involved in the fire in Exeter yesterday,” he said.

“It’s an incredibly sad time for the city and our community. Our thoughts are with the children who are still critically ill in hospital and the lives of those who have been changed forever by this fire.

“I’m very proud of the actions of our Fire Control operators and the crews from Danes Castle, Middlemoor, Clyst St George and Crediton who worked so bravely to try and save the lives of those involved and all those support staff and officers who helped resolve this incident.

“They have been offered support following such a traumatic incident. The support from police and ambulance service colleagues was so important and I’m grateful to everyone who tried to help in any way.

“We would ask everyone reading this message to consider safety in your home, and take simple steps, such as regularly testing your smoke alarms.

“Along with the sadness of what happened, we know that many people will be feeling worried about their safety.”

Condolences have also been expressed by the South Western Ambulance Service following the incident.

A statement tweeted by paramedics said: “Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected by the tragic incident in Exeter on Sunday morning.

“We attended the incident with multiple responders who worked alongside police and fire personnel at the scene.”

It has also been announced on Facebook that a space for prayer will be available for people to use at St David’s Church on Queen’s Terrace between 10am and 1pm on Thursday (February 25).





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