Dog starts fire while trying to get treats

Firefighters helped to rescue and elderly couple from Porchester
Firefighters helped to rescue and elderly couple from Porchester

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to an incident of a different kind yesterday (Wednesday) when a dog started a small fire while trying to get some treats.

At about 8.45am Thames Valley Fire Control Service alerted the fire service to a report of a smoke alarm sounding at New Road in Woodstock.

One fire engine from Kidlington was sent to investigate and on arrival crews found smoke logging in the first floor flat.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and extinguished a small fire in the kitchen area. The crews then rescued a dog from inside the flat who was unharmed.

The subsequent investigation highlighted that the most likely cause was that the rescued dog had turned on an electric hob whilst trying to get to the treats on top of the cooker.

Watch Manager Ellis Bicknell said ‘It was lucky a neighbour heard the smoke alarm and alerted the fire and rescue service at an early stage, this certainly prevented the incident from being much worse’

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind everyone about the importance of working smoke alarms in the home and the importance of keeping items away from potential heat sources.

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If you have a fire safety question please call the free phone community safety helpline on 08000 325 999 or email: community.safety@oxfordshire.gov.uk