Firefighters from Banbury, Deddington and Hook Norton attended a flat fire in Verney Road, Banbury yesterday (Tuesday).
At about 11.45am Thames Valley Fire Control Service received a call from a member of the public reporting an alarm sounding and smoke coming out of the flat window
Fire crews were immediately dispatched to the premises and on arrival they were faced with thick black smoke coming from the windows of the ground floor property.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus immediately entered the building to search for missing persons, and extinguished the fire with a high pressure hose reel. The smoke was then blown out of the flat using high pressure fans to prevent it from causing further damage to the building.
The fire was investigated by specialist fire investigators in conjunction with Thames Valley Police, and is believed to have been caused accidentally.
Station Manager David Bray, who attended the incident said: “Fortunately, no one was in the premises at the time of fire, and working smoke alarms were operating when the Fire and Rescue Service arrived. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service recommend that you have at least one smoke alarm on each floor and that you test them weekly.
“Even if you are not home when the smoke alarms activate, the noise they make can bring the presence of fire to the attention of a neighbour or passer-by, who can then call the Fire Service, enabling us get to the property as quickly as possible and save it from greater damage.”
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