House fire in Beaconsfield

Wed 21 Aug, 2013

Firefighters who attended a house fire in Beaconsfield have been commended by managers, for successfully preventing the fire spreading to neighbouring properties.

Crews from Beaconsfield, Amersham, High Wycombe and Gerrards Cross from Marlow were called to the incident in Ledborough Gate, at 9.18am yesterday (Wednesday 21 August 2013), along with the turntable ladder from High Wycombe, the Command and Control Unit from Aylesbury, the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle, and a number of officers.

The fire, which is believed to have started in the roof of the two-storey detached property, was detected by the occupant and workmen who smelt smoke and called the emergency services.

Station Manager Keith Carmichael, who attended the incident, said: “The first crews on the scene were faced with a well-developed fire in the large roof space of the house, which quickly resulted in the roof collapsing onto the first floor.

Firefighters used two jets and one hose reel, plus the turntable ladder as a water tower and to provide aerial assessment of the incident ground. The fire was brought under control by 11.15am, and number of the first crews in attendance were able to start leaving the scene from about 12.30pm. A fire service presence remained at the scene during the course of the day to assist in securing access to the property for salvage operations and to undertake the fire investigation.

Keith added: “The combination of steady work rate and good teamwork from the wholetime and RDS crews attending this incident should be commended. The crews ensured the fire was quickly brought under control, confined to the property involved and prevented spread to neighbouring properties.”