Help prevent fires spreading by keeping doors closed

Wed 3 Apr, 2019

Pictures of fire and smoke damage in property where internal doors were left open

Firefighters are reminding people how important it is to keep internal doors closed, particularly at night and when they are out, following a fire in High Wycombe this morning.

Crews from High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Amersham and Maidenhead were called to the fire in a converted bungalow in Carrington Road at 10.43am.

Watch Commander David James from High Wycombe Fire Station said: “It was clear this was a well-developed fire due to the smoke cloud visible en route. The fire had broken through the rear bedroom window and was starting to affect the roof. 

“The crews worked well to limit the fire damage, but because the internal doors were open the smoke damage was 100 per cent.”

The homeowner, who was in the garden when he became that the fire had broken out, has kindly allowed us to print these pictures of the extent of the damage.

Firefighters used a main jet, two hose reels, six sets of breathing apparatus and a fan.

Early indications are that the fire was caused by an electrical fault.

David said: “If you keep your internal doors closed, it slows down the spread of fire and smoke in the event of a fire. This can give you vital extra time to escape, as well as limiting the amount of damage caused.”

Crews will be going back to the area tonight or tomorrow to reassure residents and pass on fire safety information.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service encourages people to carry out a quick safety check every night before going to bed and not to run washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers, or leave anything on charge, at night or when they go out.

Bedtime checklist (from Fire Safety in the Home booklet) 

- Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.

- Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on – like your freezer.

- Check your cooker is turned off. 

- Don’t leave the washing machine on.

- Turn heaters off and put up fireguards.

- Put candles and cigarettes out properly. Make sure exits are kept clear

- Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them.