Firefighters rescue woman from fire in flat

Thu 14 Jan, 2016

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

Crews from Great Holm, Bletchley and Broughton were called to the ground-floor flat in Pitcher Lane, Loughton, at about 6am. A neighbour in the flat above rang 999 after hearing a smoke alarm, which had been fitted by firefighters when they visited the flat on a previous occasion and carried out a safety check.

Station Commander Graham Freer, who also attended the fire, said: "Smoke wasspreading through the flat as the food had started to burn in the oven.

"Crews carried her to safety after finding her asleep on a sofa in the lounge, and gave her oxygen before handing her into the care of paramedics.

"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 put out the fire with a hose reel and ventilated the flat with a fan. They fitted an extra smoke alarm and a heat detector before leaving.

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.
  • 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.