Man dies after fire in flat in Aylesbury

Fri 30 Oct, 2015

A man has died this morning following a fire in a first-floor flat in Ellen Road, Aylesbury.

Three crews from Aylesbury Fire Station were called to the address at 1.18am after a neighbour saw smoke. On arrival, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced an entry and searched the heavily smoke-logged flat using a fan to improve visibility, while other crew members simultaneously brought a bedroom fire under control

They rescued an unconscious man, believed to be in his forties or fifties, and took him into the garden where they started to administer emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Firefighters also used one of the defibrillators carried on fire engines in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

A passing doctor stopped to assist fire crews, but the man was later pronounced dead and a cordon was set up. An investigation into the cause of the fire has started, and will continue throughout the morning.

Crews remained at the scene scene until 3.20am, and gave advice and reassurance to other occupants in the block of flats. Later today, crews from Aylesbury Fire Station will return to the area to provide further reassurance and offer advice to residents on the steps that can be taken to reduce the risks of fire in the home. 

They will also offer to carry out Home Fire Risk Checks, and fit smoke alarms where these are needed.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Mick Osborne, said: “Our thoughts are with his family and friends and the local community. Firefighters worked tirelessly in extremely challenging circumstances, and I would like to thank everyone who did everything they could to save his life.

“Incidents like this are extremely rare, thanks to the work our crews and community safety staff do every day to provide information to the public to help prevent fires from occurring in the first place. However, they do still happen, as this morning’s tragic events have reminded us.

“We must never become complacent, and we will strive to engage even more with our communities so we can help those we serve protect themselves.

“We will continue to work with our partners to identify those in our communities who may be vulnerable and at risk from fire, and assist in making them safer in the event of any such incident.”