Blackburn fire death family to set up charity

Dave Smith

Dave Smith

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE family of a man who died in a fire after putting on a chip pan before falling asleep are setting up a charity to make others aware of the dangers.

Father-of-two Dave Smith, 38, was overcome by smoke as he slept at his home in Brotherston Drive, on the Fernhurst Farm estate, Blackburn.

Mr Smith’s partner Roxanne Smith said the family were still grieving for self-employed carpet fitter Dave, who died on New Year’s Day in 2009, but now felt ready to set up the Dave Smith Foundation in his memory.

They have set a £5,000 target, which they hope to reach to set up the charity which will help people who have lost loved ones in fires. It will also help people without house insurance who have lost their possessions in fires.

Roxanne said: “It is a big issue, and now is the right time. As a family we feel a little bit stronger. It’s very traumatic losing a partner, who is also the father of your children.

“The awareness needs to be out there, and we wanted to do something in Dave’s memory.

“We’ve had an amazing, massive community response. It’s melted my heart.

“It is raw to talk about it, to say ‘this is what happened’, but we don’t want it to happen to anyone else.

“If we can save one life, that’s a good job done.”

The family is hoping to work with the fire service, and the main aim of the Foundation will be to make people aware of the dangers of drinking and cooking.

A fundraiser has been organised for March 22 at Mill Hill Community Centre.

Several prizes have been donated including Rovers tickets, restaurant vouchers, and a bottle of champagne.

Raffle tickets are now on sale, and organisers are looking for people to donate cakes on the day.

Other fundraising events are also in the pipeline, including a kids’ day at Darwen football ground, and a children’s Christmas party.

A signed Blackburn Rovers shirt has also been donated, which the family is auctioning off.

To buy raffle tickets, or offer support, visit: https: //www.facebook.com/groups/603648063042649/.

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8:42am Thu 6 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

Well the answer is simple;don't cook anything or turn on heating appliances if you are tired, go to bed.
Well the answer is simple;don't cook anything or turn on heating appliances if you are tired, go to bed. AnthonyUK
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11:05am Thu 6 Mar 14

sniper16 says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Well the answer is simple;don't cook anything or turn on heating appliances if you are tired, go to bed.
Some people aren't as perfect as you and they die in fires. This charity is to help family including children who may have lost their dad. Your comment doesn't help so wind your neck in. If the answer was that simple people wouldn't die in fires . Good luck with the charity sorry for your loss.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Well the answer is simple;don't cook anything or turn on heating appliances if you are tired, go to bed.[/p][/quote]Some people aren't as perfect as you and they die in fires. This charity is to help family including children who may have lost their dad. Your comment doesn't help so wind your neck in. If the answer was that simple people wouldn't die in fires . Good luck with the charity sorry for your loss. sniper16
  • Score: 6

12:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Danielle Smith says...

thank you for that sniper your comment was lovely... at the end of the day when people been on nights out they couldnt get a takeaway they come home cook and fall asleep.... most fire related deaths are people that have had a drink..... we just want to make people aware so we can stop any other familys going through what we have been through and also we want to help familys that have lost everything in fires to help rebuild their lives xxx
thank you for that sniper your comment was lovely... at the end of the day when people been on nights out they couldnt get a takeaway they come home cook and fall asleep.... most fire related deaths are people that have had a drink..... we just want to make people aware so we can stop any other familys going through what we have been through and also we want to help familys that have lost everything in fires to help rebuild their lives xxx Danielle Smith
  • Score: 5

8:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mike Oxlong says...

AnthonyUk your comment is totally disrespectful and uncalled for. Daves' family and friends are doing something positive and worthwhile after all the heartache they have been through, and good luck to them. Dave died in a tragic accident, his family are rebuilding their lives and doing something positive in his memory. Keep your Peter Perfect comments to yourself, they serve no purpose.
AnthonyUk your comment is totally disrespectful and uncalled for. Daves' family and friends are doing something positive and worthwhile after all the heartache they have been through, and good luck to them. Dave died in a tragic accident, his family are rebuilding their lives and doing something positive in his memory. Keep your Peter Perfect comments to yourself, they serve no purpose. Mike Oxlong
  • Score: 1

1:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

sniper16 wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Well the answer is simple;don't cook anything or turn on heating appliances if you are tired, go to bed.
Some people aren't as perfect as you and they die in fires. This charity is to help family including children who may have lost their dad. Your comment doesn't help so wind your neck in. If the answer was that simple people wouldn't die in fires . Good luck with the charity sorry for your loss.
you can always pick up a kebab pizza or some chicken on the way home from a night out and its safer than putting on the cooker and falling asleep waking up to a blazing house and dying.
[quote][p][bold]sniper16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Well the answer is simple;don't cook anything or turn on heating appliances if you are tired, go to bed.[/p][/quote]Some people aren't as perfect as you and they die in fires. This charity is to help family including children who may have lost their dad. Your comment doesn't help so wind your neck in. If the answer was that simple people wouldn't die in fires . Good luck with the charity sorry for your loss.[/p][/quote]you can always pick up a kebab pizza or some chicken on the way home from a night out and its safer than putting on the cooker and falling asleep waking up to a blazing house and dying. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

loo82 says...

AnthonyUK guess you have an answer for everything ? The fact is these accidents happen and through such a tragedy the family of Dave Smith are trying to raise awareness and help prevent these things happening again.... Instead of being so negative why not show your support. Keep up the good work Danielle your dad would be so proud of you. Through something so tragic happening to you and your family you are trying to create something positive by helping others. X
AnthonyUK guess you have an answer for everything ? The fact is these accidents happen and through such a tragedy the family of Dave Smith are trying to raise awareness and help prevent these things happening again.... Instead of being so negative why not show your support. Keep up the good work Danielle your dad would be so proud of you. Through something so tragic happening to you and your family you are trying to create something positive by helping others. X loo82
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Mike Oxlong says...

AnthonyUK have you never made a mistake at all in your life. What a complete bell end you are making such comments on this thread. RIP Dave
AnthonyUK have you never made a mistake at all in your life. What a complete bell end you are making such comments on this thread. RIP Dave Mike Oxlong
  • Score: 2

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