Firefighters rescue woman from house fire

Wed 11 Dec, 2013

Firefighters rescued a woman this morning who was trapped upstairs in a house which caught fire in Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes. Another woman and a man jumped from a first-floor window before they arrived.

Crews from Bletchley, Broughton and Great Holm were called to the fire, in a two-storey terraced house in Daniels Welch, at 4.22am, along with an additional vehicle from Aylesbury and a number of officers. At its peak, there were about 25 firefighters and officers at the scene.

Group Manager Paul Holland, one of the officers attending, said: "The initial attending crews were confronted by a severe fire on the ground floor of the property which was preventing the family from escaping from the first-floor bedrooms.

"A man and a woman jumped from a rear window on the first-floor, and another woman was hanging from a rear bedroom window and about to jump. Crews rescued her using a short extension ladder and administered first aid.

"All three were suffering from smoke inhalation, and the woman who jumped also suffered a broken leg.

"The properties either side were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading, and there was only light smoke damage in the roof void above these properties."

Five teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two main jets to bring the fire under control. They also used thermal imaging cameras and a ventilation fan to clear the smoke and ensure that all hot spots were identified and cooled.

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle, based at Bletchley Fire Station, was used to provide welfare for the family as their home and personal belongings had been so badly damaged.

There were no smoke alarms in the house. Crews visited neighbouring properties and fitted a number of smoke alarms to houses that were unprotected.

Firefighters will be returning to the area today to offer smoke alarms and fire safety advice to homes in the area surrounding this fire.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service worked closely with Thames Valley Police, who maintained the outer perimeter to stop unauthorised entry to the street, and South Central Ambulance Service, who dealt with the injured family members.

An investigation has started into the cause of the fire.

If you live in Buckinghamshire on Milton Keynes, and would like firefighters to carry out a free safety check in your home, fitting free smoke alarms where needed, ring 01296 744477 or send an email to