Charmouth firefighters joined crews from Bridport and Beaminster to fight a major blaze on New Years Day which claimed the life of a dog. Although they extinguished the conservatory fire at Barbridge Farm, Melplash, using breathing apparatus and hose reels, this wasnt enough to save the contents or a relatives pet. However, by having a good night time routine and closing all internal doors in the property, the fire was contained to the conservatory. Although a small amount of smoke entered the main house and set off the smoke alarms, the occupants were awaken and left the property safely. Now Dorset fire chiefs are reminding residents that smoke alarms save lives. Group Manager Alun Morgan said: Working smoke detectors supported by closing internal doors helps to secure the families exit route until the fire and rescue service arrive. It is vital all none essential electrical items are unplugged before retiring for the night, similarly candles must always be extinguished before leaving them unattended.