FIREFIGHTERS have warned of the dangers posed to households without working smoke alarms installed after a fire devastated a ground floor flat in a Conwy village.
The building on Gwern Ciliau Road, Betws yn Rhos did not have a working smoke alarm fitted when a fire erupted just after 1.30am on Tuesday, October 8.
The blaze caused serious smoke and fire damage to the ground floor flat and light smoke damage to the flat above.
All of the building's occupants escaped unharmed.
Gary Brandrick, Senior Fire Safety Manager said: "I cannot over-emphasise how lucky the two residents were to escape with their lives.
"Fire can spread incredibly quickly, and without the early detection provided by smoke alarms you are at greater risk of dying in a fire in your home.
"This fire caused severe damage to the property and highlights just how destructive fire can be."
Two fire crews from Abergele fought for five hours to control the blaze.
They used four sets of breathing equipment and one hose reel jet to tackle the flames.
An emergency ambulance attended the scene.
The cause is still under investigation.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety checks for North Wales residents.
For more information, call 0800 169 1234, or visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk.