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One appliance and crew from Broughton attended.

A barbecue being used inside the kitchen of a ground floor flat, within a three-storey block, had caused smoke logging to the communal area of the building.

The firefighters relocated the barbecue to the outside of the property, provided advice and used positive pressure ventilation to clear the smoke.

The communal area was 10 per cent damaged by smoke.

One appliance and crew from Broughton and one from Newport Pagnell attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and a ladder. The fire was caused by a disposable barbecue.

Fortunately this fire was put out before it had a chance to spread to neighbouring balconies or flats, but not using a barbecue on a balcony is one of our barbecue safety tips. Here are some more:

  • Make sure your barbecue is sited well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more.
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
  • Do not use a barbecue indoors.
  • Do not leave a lit barbecue unattended.
  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Enjoy yourself, but do not drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue.
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it.
  • Empty ashes on to bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. Hot ash can melt a plastic bin or cause a fire.

One appliance and crew from West Ashland attended. Firefighters isolated and cooled the cylinder.

Picture showing fire damage to decking caused by use of disposable barbecue

One appliance and crew from Beaconsfield and one from Gerrards Cross attended. The fire was out on arrival. Firefighters used a saw.

One appliance and crew from Aylesbury attended. Firefighters used buckets of water.

One appliance and crew from Aylesbury, one from Thame and two officers attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and a thermal imaging camera.

One appliance and crew from Aylesbury attended. The fire was out on arrival. Firefighters isolated the gas.