45 people evacuated after fire breaks out

Wed 1 Oct, 2014

Forty-five people had to be evacuated from their homes after a fire broke out this morning in Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes.

Crews from Bletchley, Great Holm and Broughton were called to the incident, in Serles Close, at 3am. At its peak, there were 20 firefighters and two officers at the scene.

Watch Manager Hayley Jones from Bletchley Fire Station said: “On arrival, crews were faced by a large fire alongside a house. It had broken out in a canopy containing a tractor and several cylinders, including acetylene and propane.

“Occupants were evacuated from within the hazard zone because of the risk of an explosion, and Serles Close and parts of Saxon Street and Standing Way were closed.”

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two jets to put out the fire and cool the cylinders. They were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby house, garage and caravan.

The occupants of 22 homes were looked after at Coffee Hall Community Centre, before being allowed to return at 6am. The roads were also reopened.

Station Manager Jeremy Williams, who was one of the officers who attended, said: “I was very pleased with the way the crews and the other agencies worked together to bring this to a safe conclusion. Firefighters, Milton Keynes Council and Thames Valley Police did a fantastic job.”

Firefighters will be visiting the area over the next few days to offer advice and reassurance to residents, and to offer free home fire risk checks.

If you live in Milton Keynes or Buckinghamshire and would like to book one of these checks, please ring 01296 744477 or send an email to cs@bucksfire.gov.uk