Crews rescue man trapped on balcony by kitchen fire

Sat 19 Jul, 2014

Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped on a first-floor balcony after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a house in Milton Keynes late last night (Friday 18 July 2014).
Two crews were called to the incident in Porthleven Place, Fishermead, shortly before midnight.

They used a ladder to rescue the man, who was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke, and a hose reel to put out the fire.
Firefighters gave the man oxygen and he was taken to hospital. He was discharged this morning.
More than half of all accidental house fires start in kitchen, and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care when cooking.
Top tips for a safe kitchen are:

• Keep the oven, hob, grill and toaster clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat, grease or crumbs can lead to a fire.

• Double-check the cooker is off when you have finished cooking.

• Don't start cooking if you are tired or have been drinking alcohol.

• Don’t leave children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches, lighters and saucepan handles out of their reach.

• Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob, and take care if you are wearing loose clothing.

• If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn the heat right down to avoid risk.

• Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water.

• Don't put anything metal in your microwave oven, and please take care when setting the timer.

• Carry out a regular weekly or monthly check on your smoke alarms by pushing the "test" button. If you don't have smoke alarms, ring Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on 01296 744477 or send an email to