Firefighter rescue woman from flat in Milton Keynes

Fri 29 Jan, 2016

Firefighters rescued a woman from a fire in a flat in Milton Keynes this morning after she fell asleep while cooking dough balls in the oven.

Crews from Great Holm and Broughton were called to the ground-floor flat in Oldbrook Boulevard, Oldbrook, at 3.35am. A neighbour in another flat rang 999 after hearing a smoke alarm.

It's the third time this month that firefighters have rescued someone who's dozed off while cooking, and comes just three days before the start of a month-long campaign urging people to take care in the kitchen.

Firefighters gave the woman oxygen as she was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke, and she was then taken to hospital.

Watch Commander Paul Henderson from Great Holm Fire Station said: "The incident highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms, and of taking care when you are cooking, as more than half of all accidental fires in people's homes start in the kitchen."

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a fan to ventilate the flat with a fan. They are urging people to follow this advice:

  • Fit smoke alarms and carry out a regular weekly or monthly check 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 to book a free Home Fire Rick Check.
  • Don't start cooking if you are tired or have been drinking alcohol.
  • 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.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob, and take care if you are wearing loose clothing.
  • Don't leave anything on the hob when you are not using it
  • 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 leave children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches, lighters and saucepan handles out of their reach.
  • Don't put anything metal in your microwave oven, and please take care when setting the timer.