Firefighters from Banbury and Deddington were called to a fire at a fast food restaurant in Banbury on Christmas Day.
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service were alerted by Thames Valley Fire Control Service to a fire in Primavera Pizza on South Bar Street at about 5.30am.
The first fire crew arriving on the scene within minutes and were confronted with a well-developed fire and needed to make a forced entry into the building to enable them to put out the fire.
Fortunately, the speed of response meant that firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to extinguish the fire and prevent it spreading to the above accommodation and adjoining buildings.
The fire caused extensive damage to the pizza outlet. However, the two occupants in the flat above evacuated without injury as they were woken by their smoke alarm.
Thames Valley Police are investigating the cause of the fire in partnership with Fire Investigation Officers.
Mark Ames, station manager and incident commander, said: “the fast response of the fire and rescue service prevented fire damage reaching the flat above, and most importantly the smoke alarm woke residents from their slumber – this is a stark reminder just how essential it is to have working smoke alarms on each floor of your home.”
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service recommends that everyone has at least one smoke alarm on each floor of their property and to test them weekly.
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