Fire affecting four flats - Milton Keynes

Tue 30 Jul, 2013

The scene of this morning's fire at The Hide, Netherfield, Milton Keynes.

An investigation is underway following a fire which damaged four flats in Milton Keynes this morning.

Crews from Bletchley, Broughton and Great Holm were called to the fire, at The Hide, Netherfield, shortly before 5.30am. It started in a utilities cupboard outside a ground-floor terraced flat.

Residents were alerted by a smoke alarm. A baby girl from an adjacent property was taken to hospital as a precaution.

All the occupants were accounted for after initial fears that a man was unable to get out of his flat.

Station Manager Tim Parkins, who also attended the incident, said: "The front of the building was well alight when the first crew arrived, and smoke was entering the building.

"Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and were able to prevent it from causing further damage.

"The police did a great job managing the scene and looking after the cordon while we dealt with the fire."

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels to put out the fire, a large fan to clear away the smoke and a thermal imaging camera to check for hot-spots. Gas engineers isolated the gas supply.