Man given oxygen after putting out fire at school

Sat 8 Aug, 2015

Firefighters are urging people not to risk injury by tackling fires after a man had to be given oxygen following an incident in last night.

A fire started in a classroom at Elangeni School in Chesham Bois shortly before 6pm yesterday (Friday 7 August) after contractors left battery-operated tools charging.

Watch Commander Paul Casey from Beaconsfield Fire Station said: “One of the chargers had developed a fault and caught fire, causing damage to the school and smoke-logging. 

“The caretaker was alerted to the fire by the automatic fire alarm system and used a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher to tackle the fire. 

“We don’t encourage people to tackle fires, and the caretaker’s actions did stop the fire, but in the process he took on smoke and needed oxygen therapy from crews.

“Our advice is not to tack fires yourself as you risk putting yourself in danger. If you discover a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.”

Crews from Beaconsfield and High Wycombe cleared with smoke with a positive pressure ventilation fan.

Paul added: “This fire also illustrated how important it is to switch off chargers while no-one is present.”

The charger is pictured above.