Emergency services tackle Hook Norton fire

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Firefighters from Banbury and Deddington attended an oil boiler fire in Hook Norton on Saturday.

At about 8.15pm Thames Valley Fire Control Room alerted Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service of a report of the fire in Hayway Lane.

Firefighters together with South Central Ambulance Service attended and upon arrival crews were faced with a fire involving a domestic boiler with smoke logging to the remainder of the property.

They immediately entered the smoke-filled property wearing breathing apparatus and quickly extinguished the blaze, limiting the spread of fire to the ground floor boiler room.

Thermal imaging cameras was used to help identify and remove burnt materials and the crews went on to absorb the heating oil that had escaped as well as isolating the oil tank supply to ensure that the system was safe.

High power fans was also used to ventilate the properties and remove the smoke as quickly as possible.

Crew manager Mike Aspinall, incident commander from Banbury Fire Station, said: “The fire was noticed almost immediately after it started and with the owner calling 999 the fire could be contained causing minimal damage.

“This is the time of year that heating systems are starting to be used more frequently and therefore I would remind all households to ensure that their heating systems has been regularly serviced.”

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind everyone that should a fire occur in the home, if in doubt, get out, stay out and call 999.

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