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Property in Cromwell Road, Upper Parkstone, severely damaged after toaster catches light

Bournemouth Echo: Andy and Bud Cherry in their damaged kitchen this morning. Pic: Sally Adams Andy and Bud Cherry in their damaged kitchen this morning. Pic: Sally Adams

TWO adults and their three-year-old grandchild are lucky to be alive after deadly smoke filled their Poole home as they slept early this morning.

Andy and Bud Cherry were looking after their young grandson, Ethan, when an electrical fault with a toaster sparked a fire in the kitchen.

Thick smoke quickly filled the semi-detached house in Cromwell Road, Upper Parkstone, around 6am.

The Cherry’s dog woke Andy up, who then sprang into action when he realised the smoke alarm was sounding.

“The dog started barking and as I came to, I heard the smoke alarm,” Andy told the Daily Echo.

“I woke up, there was a smoke in the room. I went out to the landing and there was lots more thick, acrid smoke, so I shouted to my wife to get Ethan out.

“I got them all downstairs and out of the front of the house.

“It was so thick I couldn’t see coming down the stairs.

"If the door leading to the kitchen had not been shut, this smoke would have billowed upstairs and I don’t think we would have got out at all.”

The couple’s pet cat, Chloe, was killed in the drama – and another three cats went missing from the house. The fire brigade resuscitated another of their cats.

Andy, aged 58, said: “After calling 999 the fire brigade was here in a few minutes. They were brilliant.

“Thankfully, we all got out before we were affected by the smoke. The main thing is that none of us was hurt.”

Dorset Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) has confirmed an electrical fault with a toaster caused the blaze.

The kitchen of the property was gutted by the fire and the rest of the house sustained significant smoke damage.

The house is uninhabitable, so the couple have moved in with their son.

Four DFRS firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, fought the flames. Crews from Westbourne and Redhill fire stations attended.

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10:35am Sat 5 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though? Controversial But True
  • Score: -16

10:54am Sat 5 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in!

We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure!
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though?[/p][/quote]Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in! We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure! we-shall-see
  • Score: 20

11:04am Sat 5 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in!

We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure!
Mmmm!

Very good point actually.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though?[/p][/quote]Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in! We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure![/p][/quote]Mmmm! Very good point actually. Controversial But True
  • Score: 14

11:19am Sat 5 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each.
If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -16

11:22am Sat 5 Jul 14

poolepoole says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in!

We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure!
A toaster cover..... Is this an item they sell next to flammable saucepans and elbow grease in the stupid section of supermarkets.
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though?[/p][/quote]Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in! We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure![/p][/quote]A toaster cover..... Is this an item they sell next to flammable saucepans and elbow grease in the stupid section of supermarkets. poolepoole
  • Score: 14

11:48am Sat 5 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each.
Maybe you should read the article again ;)
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should read the article again ;) Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 27

11:48am Sat 5 Jul 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each.
Maybe you should read the article again ;)
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should read the article again ;) Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 6

11:50am Sat 5 Jul 14

Townee says...

Wonder if they ever emptied the crumbs out of the toaster? Just how did it catch fire, they are made not to burn unless something is inside that shouldn't be. Why didn't the trip go on the electrics?
Wonder if they ever emptied the crumbs out of the toaster? Just how did it catch fire, they are made not to burn unless something is inside that shouldn't be. Why didn't the trip go on the electrics? Townee
  • Score: 8

11:53am Sat 5 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each.
Maybe you should read the article again ;)
It didnt say that at 11.19 when i posted, they've added that in at 11.29am in the update.

I am redeemed.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: If the dog woke them then they may not have had smoke alarms. A sin these days as they're only about £4 each.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should read the article again ;)[/p][/quote]It didnt say that at 11.19 when i posted, they've added that in at 11.29am in the update. I am redeemed. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

1:08pm Sat 5 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

I never , a dog shouting FIRE FIRE FIRE THE HOUSE IS ON ******* FIRE in the middle of the night
give the dog a medal.
I never , a dog shouting FIRE FIRE FIRE THE HOUSE IS ON ******* FIRE in the middle of the night give the dog a medal. nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

2:23pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Drew_Peacock says...

Townee wrote:
Wonder if they ever emptied the crumbs out of the toaster? Just how did it catch fire, they are made not to burn unless something is inside that shouldn't be. Why didn't the trip go on the electrics?
We can only speculate as to the exact chain of events, but I suspect that the toaster did not switch off fully after it was last used, possibly "popping up" the toast, but the elements remaining on, until after nearly all night, the heat build up was sufficient to start something nearby, (a wall cupboard above, perhaps), burning. As for the trip on the electrics, this type of fault would not be detected by either an earth leakage trip, or an overcurrect trip. One of my work colleagues recently was recently woken up by a loud bang from his kitchen, the kettle was the cause, it had been left switched on at the wall socket, the 13A fuse in the plug had blown and there were "black bits" floating in the water inside it, thankfully no fire in this case. We need to go back to the advice that was given in the 1970's, when you have finished using an appliance, switch it off at the wall socket. And don't run dishwahers, washing machines, tumble dryers etc overnight or when you are out.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: Wonder if they ever emptied the crumbs out of the toaster? Just how did it catch fire, they are made not to burn unless something is inside that shouldn't be. Why didn't the trip go on the electrics?[/p][/quote]We can only speculate as to the exact chain of events, but I suspect that the toaster did not switch off fully after it was last used, possibly "popping up" the toast, but the elements remaining on, until after nearly all night, the heat build up was sufficient to start something nearby, (a wall cupboard above, perhaps), burning. As for the trip on the electrics, this type of fault would not be detected by either an earth leakage trip, or an overcurrect trip. One of my work colleagues recently was recently woken up by a loud bang from his kitchen, the kettle was the cause, it had been left switched on at the wall socket, the 13A fuse in the plug had blown and there were "black bits" floating in the water inside it, thankfully no fire in this case. We need to go back to the advice that was given in the 1970's, when you have finished using an appliance, switch it off at the wall socket. And don't run dishwahers, washing machines, tumble dryers etc overnight or when you are out. Drew_Peacock
  • Score: 16

3:46pm Sat 5 Jul 14

we-shall-see says...

poolepoole wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in!

We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure!
A toaster cover..... Is this an item they sell next to flammable saucepans and elbow grease in the stupid section of supermarkets.
Yes I think so - but back in the 70's such things were the thing to have complete with bog roll covers etc lol
[quote][p][bold]poolepoole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though?[/p][/quote]Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in! We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure![/p][/quote]A toaster cover..... Is this an item they sell next to flammable saucepans and elbow grease in the stupid section of supermarkets.[/p][/quote]Yes I think so - but back in the 70's such things were the thing to have complete with bog roll covers etc lol we-shall-see
  • Score: 6

4:13pm Sat 5 Jul 14

cheeriedriteup says...

No one says that the toaster was new when they bought it a couple of months ago, it would also appear that the electrics in the flat are outdated , presumably the fuse box is as well
No one says that the toaster was new when they bought it a couple of months ago, it would also appear that the electrics in the flat are outdated , presumably the fuse box is as well cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -1

5:18pm Sat 5 Jul 14

dthow82 says...

Despite there being an update on the articleI, I like how concerned some people are and jump to conclussions on this one about not having a smoke alarm when pets, especially dogs, respond quicker to this sort thing. I guess it must be lovely for some of you to live in your own little bubbles where nothing ever goes wrong.
Despite there being an update on the articleI, I like how concerned some people are and jump to conclussions on this one about not having a smoke alarm when pets, especially dogs, respond quicker to this sort thing. I guess it must be lovely for some of you to live in your own little bubbles where nothing ever goes wrong. dthow82
  • Score: 7

6:05pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

You can with practise, make cheese on toast using a toaster. You have to lay the toaster on its side to prevent the cheese sliding off. If it does it could cause a fire. You'll know if this has happened as your dog will srart barking.
If you don't own a dog then for your own safety, please do not try using a toaster for making cheese on toast. Use a grill or buy a dog.
You can with practise, make cheese on toast using a toaster. You have to lay the toaster on its side to prevent the cheese sliding off. If it does it could cause a fire. You'll know if this has happened as your dog will srart barking. If you don't own a dog then for your own safety, please do not try using a toaster for making cheese on toast. Use a grill or buy a dog. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

5:37am Sun 6 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

Im glad to read that they all got out safe shame the cat, main thing is they are ok. I think the point of publishing this story is to make the point that smoke alarms are very necessary, not everyone has a dog, and what an amazing job our fire services do.
Im glad to read that they all got out safe shame the cat, main thing is they are ok. I think the point of publishing this story is to make the point that smoke alarms are very necessary, not everyone has a dog, and what an amazing job our fire services do. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 6

11:24am Sun 6 Jul 14

kinsonjim says...

And articles like this are worth printing. Come on Mr Editor.
And articles like this are worth printing. Come on Mr Editor. kinsonjim
  • Score: -3

6:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

roamer200 says...

Controversial But True wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in!

We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure!
Mmmm!

Very good point actually.
Really??? Why would anyone let an animal that uses it's paws to bury poo on their worksurfaces????
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though?[/p][/quote]Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in! We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure![/p][/quote]Mmmm! Very good point actually.[/p][/quote]Really??? Why would anyone let an animal that uses it's paws to bury poo on their worksurfaces???? roamer200
  • Score: 0

6:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

roamer200 says...

Controversial But True wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in!

We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure!
Mmmm!

Very good point actually.
Really??? Why would anyone let an animal that uses it's paws to bury poo on their worksurfaces????
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though?[/p][/quote]Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in! We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure![/p][/quote]Mmmm! Very good point actually.[/p][/quote]Really??? Why would anyone let an animal that uses it's paws to bury poo on their worksurfaces???? roamer200
  • Score: 0

6:50am Mon 7 Jul 14

roamer200 says...

Controversial But True wrote:
we-shall-see wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost......

However...why is this even a story though?
Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in!

We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure!
Mmmm!

Very good point actually.
Really??? Why would anyone let an animal that uses it's paws to bury poo on their worksurfaces????
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Happy for the couple and surviving cat but so sad for the cat they lost...... However...why is this even a story though?[/p][/quote]Probably as a warning not to leave toasters plugged in! We once almost had a disaster when one of our cats knocked the lever down on our toaster (which was plugged in) - it set fire to the toaster cover and could have been a disaster if it were during the night and we were asleep. Smoke inhalation would have killed us for sure![/p][/quote]Mmmm! Very good point actually.[/p][/quote]Really??? Why would anyone let an animal that uses it's paws to bury poo on their worksurfaces???? roamer200
  • Score: 0

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