Firefighters rescue woman trapped by fire

Mon 27 Jul, 2015

Firefighters rescued a woman from an upstairs window of a house in Princes Risborough early this morning (Monday 27 July).

Crews from Princes Risborough and High Wycombe were called to an address in St Johns Court, Bell Street, shortly after 12.30am.

Group Commander Mick Martin from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service said: “The occupant was trapped in a first-floor bedroom and unable to get out.

“The Control Room maintained contact with the resident and was able to give her fire survival guidance and reassurance over the phone, and to pass important information back to the crews about exactly where she was in the house.

“She was advised to position herself at an open window in her bedroom to reduce the effects of the smoke.

“On arrival there was smoke issuing from the property, smoke alarms could be heard sounding and the occupant was leaning out of the bedroom window.

“Crews put up a ladder and carried her down, and she was then passed to the ambulance service and taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

“Simultaneously two crew members wearing breathing apparatus quickly entered the property with a hose reel to carry out a further search and fight the fire. 

“Other crew members used a fan to help ventilate the smoke from the property and improve visibility. 

“The fire started at the head of the stairs on the first-floor landing, and escalated to cause fire and heat damage to all first-floor rooms, the attic and stairwell down to the ground floor. 

“Early indications from the initial fire investigation are that the fire started in or around a bin on the landing, where a cigarette end had been discarded, igniting other combustible materials. 

Station Commander Stuart Grosse, who attended the incident, added: “This incident highlights the benefits of smoke alarms and a quick rescue by crews at the scene, ably supported by the information being provided by the Control Room.

“It also illustrates just how serious a fire caused by discarded cigarettes can be. We are urging anyone who smokes, or anyone who looks after someone who smokes, to follow some simple advice.”

Click here to see fire safety advice issued earlier this year.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service would also like to appeal to carers to use the contact details below to pass on any fire safety concerns they have about the people they look after.