Firefighters rescue man from fire in house

Sun 17 Jan, 2016

Firefighters rescued a man from a fire in a house in High Wycombe last night after he fell asleep on a sofa while cooking.

Two crews from High Wycombe were called to the semi-detached house in Herbert Road, Micklefield, after a neighbour heard the smoke alarm at about 11pm. Food in the oven, and a pan of oil on the hob, had caught fire.

Crew Commander Graham Danbury from High Wycombe Fire Station said: "The man was reluctant to leave even though there was a lot of smoke in the house, and we had to force an entry before taking him outside.

"This incident highlights the importance of getting out of your home in the event of a fire, as well as not starting to cook when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol. It also shows, once again, the importance of having working smoke alarms."

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put out the fire with a hose reel and ventilated the house with a fan.

Graham offered the following safety 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.
  • In the event of a fire in your home, get out, stay out and cal 999.
  • 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.