Firefighters race to ground floor flat fire to rescue vulnerable Witney resident

Firefighters ran to a ground-floor apartment fire and successfully rescued a vulnerable resident in Witney on Thursday (March 17). Two fire trucks were sent to the Westfields Road incident.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the Witney Fire Brigade were on hand around 10pm. The fire reportedly started outside the house but spread inside, to the ground floor apartment.

Smoke detectors that went off warned neighbors of the danger, who then called for help. The crew helped a vulnerable resident to safety using breathing apparatus and the ambulance service carried out health checks.

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Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service posted on Facebook: “Last night at 9:59 pm, both Witney Fire Station aircraft, supported by crews from Charlbury & Rewley Road Fire Station, were called to reports of a serious fire on Westfields Road, spreading from from the property to the inside in a ground floor apartment.

“Quick action by the breathing apparatus crew extinguished the fire and rescued a vulnerable resident from the flat. The resident was treated medically by our colleagues from the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and was taken to hospital for further check-ups.



The fire brigade has extinguished the fire and a vulnerable resident from the flat in Witney . saved

“Neighbors were adapted to the fire by hearing working smoke detectors from the building and raised the alarm. The fire was investigated all day and the building was brought to safety.

“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of flight plans and routes and working smoke detectors. Visit http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/smoke-alarms-0 for more information.”

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