Firefighters give oxygen to couple after fire

Fri 29 Jan, 2016

Firefighters gave first aid and oxygen to two people last night after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a house in Olney.

Crews from Olney and Newport Pagnell were called to the incident in Spinney Hill Road at 7.47pm.

Watch Commander Mark Robinson from Newport Pagnell Fire Station said: “The fire started after a cigarette was put in the rubbish bin. It set the bin on fire then spread to the rest of the kitchen, causing extensive fire damage to that room. The rest of the property was damaged by heat and smoke.

“An elderly couple were out of the building when we arrived. They had been alerted to the fire by their smoke detectors, one downstairs and one upstairs, but both had breathed in smoke and were suffering with the effects of smoke inhalation.”

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put out the fire with hose reels and searched the property, while other members of the crews gave first aid and oxygen to the couple.

Mark added: “The fire created significant heat because the ground-floor smoke detector melted and ended up on the floor. The one on the first floor landing had melted but remained in place.

“Sadly one of their two cats died due to smoke inhalation. We think the second cat was out of the building at the time of the fire.”

“The fire highlighted the importance of having smoke alarms installed and testing them regularly. Another key piece of advice if you discover a fire in your home is to get out of the building, stay out and call 999.”

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service unit from Bletchley Fire Station attended and gave advice and support to the couple.

Firefighters from Olney will be going back to Spinney Hill Road today to give advice and reassurance to residents and to offer to carry out free Home Fire Risk Checks.

Fire safety advice if you smoke:

    • Tap your ash into a proper ashtray that can’t tip over easily and is made of a material that won’t burn, never a wastebasket containing other rubbish - and don't let the ash or cigarette ends build up in the ashtray.
  • Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended. They can easily overbalance.
  • Never smoke in bed, and take care when you’re tired. If you need to lie down, don’t light up.
  • Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape.
  • If you smoke in the garden, use a sand-filled pot as an outdoor ashtray.
  • Put out cigarettes carefully and dispose of them thoughtfully when outdoors or driving. Don't flick them out of cars.
  • Use child-resistant lighters and matchboxes, and keep them where children can't reach them.
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it regularly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
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  • Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will carry out free safety check to identify potential fire risks in your home, advise what to do to reduce or prevent them and fit free smoke alarms if required. Ring 01296 744477 or email to book one of these visits.