UPDATE: Blaze at flat sparks warning after man switches off smoke alarm because of low battery noise

Bournemouth Echo: UPDATE: Blaze at flat sparks warning after man switches off smoke alarm because of low battery noise UPDATE: Blaze at flat sparks warning after man switches off smoke alarm because of low battery noise

FIREFIGHTERS have warned Dorset residents to check their fire alarms after a young student suffered smoke inhalation in a flat blaze.

Ahmed Ali Al Beinein, 18, left cooking on in the early hours of Wednesday morning before falling asleep in his Hinton Road flat.

He had turned off his smoke alarm because the bleeping noise warning of a low battery had annoyed him.

Fortunately, his next-door neighbour was disturbed by a communal alarm, and woke up in time to call the emergency services.

Ahmed, who is originally from Libya and has been a student in Bournemouth for around five months, said: “I put my food down and went to my room to go on Facebook.

“It was an accident but there was a lot of smoke from the cooking.”

He was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation by paramedics following the small fire in the third-floor property.

“My neighbour was knocking on the door,” he said.

“They [the firefighters] told me to put a new battery in before they left.”

Three crews from Westbourne, Springbourne and Redhill attended at around 3am, and used one hose reel jet and two sets of breathing apparatus to tackle the fire.

A thermal imaging camera was also used.

A spokesperson for the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: “The damage was severe by smoke to 50 per cent of the flat, and a pan of food was completely destroyed.

“The occupant of the flat was only alerted to the fire when a neighbour heard the communal alarm go off because he had turned his alarm off due to the bleeping because the battery was getting low on the alarm.”

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8:19am Wed 15 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Some people are mad! 'smoke alarm battery is running low' 'i know i will disconnect it'....
Some people are mad! 'smoke alarm battery is running low' 'i know i will disconnect it'.... hooplaa
  • Score: 29

8:54am Wed 15 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

If you are.able to disconnect a battery you can replace it.
If you can't get someone to do it.
£1 to save lives......no brainer.
If you are.able to disconnect a battery you can replace it. If you can't get someone to do it. £1 to save lives......no brainer. BIGTONE
  • Score: 20

9:09am Wed 15 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning?
What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 6

9:22am Wed 15 Jan 14

static kill says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning?
The answer is in the question. He was cooking.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning?[/p][/quote]The answer is in the question. He was cooking. static kill
  • Score: 25

9:26am Wed 15 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

flat dweller
what more you expect from a no bath
probably cat food ont cooker.
flat dweller what more you expect from a no bath probably cat food ont cooker. nickynoodah
  • Score: -16

9:33am Wed 15 Jan 14

nothingtofear says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning?
I'm guessing that he came in hammered, had the munchies, turned the cooker on and fell asleep.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning?[/p][/quote]I'm guessing that he came in hammered, had the munchies, turned the cooker on and fell asleep. nothingtofear
  • Score: 10

9:43am Wed 15 Jan 14

LordLilliput says...

'A pan of food was destroyed' - investigative journalism at it's most cutting edge!
'A pan of food was destroyed' - investigative journalism at it's most cutting edge! LordLilliput
  • Score: 26

9:45am Wed 15 Jan 14

Isosceles says...

Good to see ole Dennis is back (:o))
Good to see ole Dennis is back (:o)) Isosceles
  • Score: 12

10:52am Wed 15 Jan 14

John T says...

LordLilliput wrote:
'A pan of food was destroyed' - investigative journalism at it's most cutting edge!
Yes, we can but hope that this was not the demise of another of the steak and kidney pie family!
[quote][p][bold]LordLilliput[/bold] wrote: 'A pan of food was destroyed' - investigative journalism at it's most cutting edge![/p][/quote]Yes, we can but hope that this was not the demise of another of the steak and kidney pie family! John T
  • Score: 17

10:52am Wed 15 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.
if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different. live-and-let-live
  • Score: 7

10:59am Wed 15 Jan 14

Adrian XX says...

I turned off my smoke alarm because the bleeping noise warning of smoke annoyed me.
I turned off my smoke alarm because the bleeping noise warning of smoke annoyed me. Adrian XX
  • Score: -4

12:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

blackdog1 says...

nickynoodah wrote:
flat dweller
what more you expect from a no bath
probably cat food ont cooker.
What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education!
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: flat dweller what more you expect from a no bath probably cat food ont cooker.[/p][/quote]What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education! blackdog1
  • Score: 16

12:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

blackdog1 wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
flat dweller
what more you expect from a no bath
probably cat food ont cooker.
What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education!
Why is he/she still allowed to put on this rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: flat dweller what more you expect from a no bath probably cat food ont cooker.[/p][/quote]What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education![/p][/quote]Why is he/she still allowed to put on this rubbish. pete woodley
  • Score: 12

12:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Dragback says...

If he disconnected the battery the night before because it was beeping you could understand it. It it has been disconnected for months then there is no excuse.

Either way it does make me wonder how these stories get in the echo.
If he disconnected the battery the night before because it was beeping you could understand it. It it has been disconnected for months then there is no excuse. Either way it does make me wonder how these stories get in the echo. Dragback
  • Score: 8

1:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

if thats the kitchen he was cooking in, it doesn't look that damaged to me? Are you sure it was a "BLAZE" Echo?
if thats the kitchen he was cooking in, it doesn't look that damaged to me? Are you sure it was a "BLAZE" Echo? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 10

1:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Derf says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.
Yeah.. it's not as if the 9v batteries aren't right next to the AA batteries on the shelf in the shop or anything...
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.[/p][/quote]Yeah.. it's not as if the 9v batteries aren't right next to the AA batteries on the shelf in the shop or anything... Derf
  • Score: 7

1:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

Derf wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.
Yeah.. it's not as if the 9v batteries aren't right next to the AA batteries on the shelf in the shop or anything...
Do you live in a shop?
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.[/p][/quote]Yeah.. it's not as if the 9v batteries aren't right next to the AA batteries on the shelf in the shop or anything...[/p][/quote]Do you live in a shop? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

No comments from his landlord ?.
No comments from his landlord ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 8

2:31pm Wed 15 Jan 14

burgerboy says...

pete woodley wrote:
No comments from his landlord ?.
If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: No comments from his landlord ?.[/p][/quote]If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm. burgerboy
  • Score: 16

2:50pm Wed 15 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning?
thats his chioce surely?
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: What was he doing cooking at 3 in the morning?[/p][/quote]thats his chioce surely? live-and-let-live
  • Score: 0

2:53pm Wed 15 Jan 14

live-and-let-live says...

Derf wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.
Yeah.. it's not as if the 9v batteries aren't right next to the AA batteries on the shelf in the shop or anything...
yes . they are in the shop. not in the house at 3 in the morning.
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.[/p][/quote]Yeah.. it's not as if the 9v batteries aren't right next to the AA batteries on the shelf in the shop or anything...[/p][/quote]yes . they are in the shop. not in the house at 3 in the morning. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -5

2:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

nickynoodah wrote:
flat dweller
what more you expect from a no bath
probably cat food ont cooker.
I hope you carry dog bags with you!!

The streets are littered with enough sh!t without your contribution!!
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: flat dweller what more you expect from a no bath probably cat food ont cooker.[/p][/quote]I hope you carry dog bags with you!! The streets are littered with enough sh!t without your contribution!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 16

3:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

archibald says...

burgerboy wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
No comments from his landlord ?.
If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.
And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector !
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: No comments from his landlord ?.[/p][/quote]If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.[/p][/quote]And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector ! archibald
  • Score: -2

4:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Bournemouth87 says...

Learn by your mistakes!!! Still he should be charged a few hundred £££s for being a silly. He sure will make sure the alarm is adequate when he has to stay in a few weekends.
Learn by your mistakes!!! Still he should be charged a few hundred £££s for being a silly. He sure will make sure the alarm is adequate when he has to stay in a few weekends. Bournemouth87
  • Score: 4

4:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Frank28 says...

A hard-wired smoke alarm should be a minimum requirement for student accommodation. All re-wired properties must have such electric powered smoke alarms installed, by law. You usually find out about this, when your house insurance company asks for a certificate of electrical safety......
A hard-wired smoke alarm should be a minimum requirement for student accommodation. All re-wired properties must have such electric powered smoke alarms installed, by law. You usually find out about this, when your house insurance company asks for a certificate of electrical safety...... Frank28
  • Score: 6

4:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

archibald wrote:
burgerboy wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
No comments from his landlord ?.
If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.
And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector !
Very good point.
[quote][p][bold]archibald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: No comments from his landlord ?.[/p][/quote]If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.[/p][/quote]And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector ![/p][/quote]Very good point. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

4:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

archibald wrote:
burgerboy wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
No comments from his landlord ?.
If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.
And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector !
Very good point.
[quote][p][bold]archibald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: No comments from his landlord ?.[/p][/quote]If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.[/p][/quote]And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector ![/p][/quote]Very good point. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

5:10pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

blackdog1 wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
flat dweller
what more you expect from a no bath
probably cat food ont cooker.
What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education!
or psychiatric help!
[quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: flat dweller what more you expect from a no bath probably cat food ont cooker.[/p][/quote]What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education![/p][/quote]or psychiatric help! Controversial But True
  • Score: 6

5:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ophilum says...

Mains fire alarm, Very Very Very good point.
Mains fire alarm, Very Very Very good point. Ophilum
  • Score: 3

5:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Controversial But True wrote:
blackdog1 wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
flat dweller
what more you expect from a no bath
probably cat food ont cooker.
What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education!
or psychiatric help!
Please no.the physicy services are overwhelmed with personality disorders.Just accept her as in need of attention.best treat her gently.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: flat dweller what more you expect from a no bath probably cat food ont cooker.[/p][/quote]What on earth is wrong with you and why do you always write absolute nonsense?Did you not attend school? I suggest you seek some further education![/p][/quote]or psychiatric help![/p][/quote]Please no.the physicy services are overwhelmed with personality disorders.Just accept her as in need of attention.best treat her gently. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -4

5:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

If God forbid I set fire to my house ,I want to pose with a new,saucepan and thingy .Adds to grief.
If God forbid I set fire to my house ,I want to pose with a new,saucepan and thingy .Adds to grief. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

6:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

I fully expected this comment to be censored, but what a ****.
I fully expected this comment to be censored, but what a ****. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 7

7:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Student ,Facebook,kitchen fire.3 fire engines ,remove battery.things to avoid putting on CV.kid you,r dynamite,you really ought to meet Lord Sugar
Student ,Facebook,kitchen fire.3 fire engines ,remove battery.things to avoid putting on CV.kid you,r dynamite,you really ought to meet Lord Sugar kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Student at Bournemouth,Facebook
,kitchen fire.3 fire engines ,remove battery.things to avoid putting on CV.kid you,r dynamite,you really ought to meet Lord Sugar
Student at Bournemouth,Facebook ,kitchen fire.3 fire engines ,remove battery.things to avoid putting on CV.kid you,r dynamite,you really ought to meet Lord Sugar kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

8:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

shame there wasn't a 'dim alarm' that could be fitted to members of 'generation thick' that would bleep when they get an attack of stupidity

might cost a bit in replacement batteries
shame there wasn't a 'dim alarm' that could be fitted to members of 'generation thick' that would bleep when they get an attack of stupidity might cost a bit in replacement batteries Bob49
  • Score: 4

1:09pm Thu 16 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.
They're usually ordinary PP3 batteries. The ones you ordinarily find at almost every shop.
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: if my low battery noise goes off at 3am i disconnect it. we're not all superbeings that always have a spare battery to hand. if they were ordinary aa batteries it might be different.[/p][/quote]They're usually ordinary PP3 batteries. The ones you ordinarily find at almost every shop. speedy231278
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

speedy231278 says...

pete woodley wrote:
archibald wrote:
burgerboy wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
No comments from his landlord ?.
If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.
And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector !
Very good point.
What happens if there's a fire during a power cut then? :-)
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]archibald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: No comments from his landlord ?.[/p][/quote]If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.[/p][/quote]And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector ![/p][/quote]Very good point.[/p][/quote]What happens if there's a fire during a power cut then? :-) speedy231278
  • Score: -3

5:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Coming from Libya he probably thought it wasn't a big deal after all the missile attacks , bombings,hand grenades, murders fires etc. at home over the last few years.
Coming from Libya he probably thought it wasn't a big deal after all the missile attacks , bombings,hand grenades, murders fires etc. at home over the last few years. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Thu 16 Jan 14

archibald says...

speedy231278 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
archibald wrote:
burgerboy wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
No comments from his landlord ?.
If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.
And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector !
Very good point.
What happens if there's a fire during a power cut then? :-)
They have lithium battery back up . At least the good ones do !
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]archibald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: No comments from his landlord ?.[/p][/quote]If I were his landlord he would be looking for new accommodation as he had put my property at risk through his negligence by disconnecting the smoke alarm.[/p][/quote]And if I was his landlord I would have fitted a mains smoke detector ![/p][/quote]Very good point.[/p][/quote]What happens if there's a fire during a power cut then? :-)[/p][/quote]They have lithium battery back up . At least the good ones do ! archibald
  • Score: 1

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