Body found at Milton Keynes house fire

Sat 3 Jan, 2015

Media statement from Group Commander Steve Wells following the 999 call at 7.37am today to a house fire in School Lane, Loughton, Milton Keynes:

"Based upon information firefighters were quickly able to establish on arrival, the incident commander made the incident  "persons reported" at 7:48am as it was believed the female occupant was still inside the property.

"Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets and aided by positive pressure ventilation fans were immediately committed into the property, in order to  conduct an internal search, as well as suppress and extinguish the developing fire.

"It was while crews were performing these tasks that the body of a female adult was located within the ground floor area of the property.

"At 10:06am, it was considered from an operational perspective that the fire was satisfactorily under control. However, fire investigation officers remained at the scene this afternoon to determine the most probable cause of the fire as part of a joint investigation with colleagues from Thames Valley Police.

"As you would appreciate, there is a sense of shock amongst neighbouring residents. Crews have been offering safety messages and advice where considered appropriate."

Incident details: House fire, School Lane, Loughton. Two appliances and crews from Great Holm (call signs FJC 11P1 and FJC 11A8), one from Broughton (call sign FJC 13P1), one from Bletchley (call sign FJC 12P1), one from Newport Pagnell (call sign FJC 14P1) and one from Winslow (call sign FJC 23P1) attended, along with the Command and Control Unit from Aylesbury (call sign FJC 21C7), the Operational Support Unit from Broughton (call sign FJC 13S6) and three officers (36 people in total). Firefighters used two jets, one hose reel, six sets of breathing apparatus and PPV (positive pressure ventilation) fans and discovered the body of a woman. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. Detached three-storey house with basement. 20 per cent of ground floor affected by fire, and most of the house damaged by smoke.