Firefighters have underlined the importance of installing smoke alarms.

It comes after they were called to a house fire at Victoria Crescent, Douglas, yesterday afternoon.

The owner of the property was alerted by a smoke alarm to find a smoke-filled living room.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus extinguished a small fire in a storage cupboard. Investigations are continuing to determine the cause of the fire.

Firefighters were there for 60 minutes.

A fire service spokesman said: 'Smoke alarms save lives.

'Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries giving you time to get out.'