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Video: Kent fire crews bring in new oxygen masks for pets

Now, if you had a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you saved? Well, apart from your family, the most likely second choice would be a pet. Some of us would even risk out own lives to rescue them. But the prospect of recovery afterwards is often slim. So now, Kent Fire & Rescue Service have started using new oxygen masks for pets to improve their chances. Andrea Thomas explains. She spoke to Lynn Carberry from the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws and Dave Nolan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

Dog starts fire and then has to be rescued

A dog which started a fire by turning on the electric hob in a flat in Oxfordshire has been rescued by firefighters.

Crews were called to a report of a smoke alarm at New Road in Woodstock - when they arrived they found the dog in a first floor flat.

It's thought the dog was trying to get to some treats which were on top of the cooker and turned it on.

"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."

– Watch Manager Ellis Bicknell


Halloween costumes checked for fire risk

Firefighters are warning shoppers to be on their guard, after flammability tests on a number of high street Halloween costumes.

The potential dangers of SOME outfits were highlighted last year when TV presenter Claudia Winkleman's daughter was badly burned after her fancy dress caught fire on a candle.

The Government has ordered spot checks of costumes, and some stores already do extra testing. But any official changes won't come into force until next year. Matt Price reports.

Vauxhall agree to investigate Zafira fire claims

Two women whose family cars burst into flames have managed to get Vauxhall to agree to investigate their 2007 Zafira model.

Zafira after it caught alight
The 2007 model under investigation

On one occasion the car burst into flames moments after a family got out. Afterwards the owner, Sue Freemantle, went online to see if anyone else with the same car had had a similar experience. Other drivers came forward to say the same thing had happened to them. Vauxhall say:

"We are aware of reports concerning vehicle fire, involving right hand drive versions and have begun an internal investigation to determined the route causes of these fires. The safety of our customers in our number one priority"

– Vauxhall
Fire damage to the car

Arsonist jailed for three years

Credit: PA

A Folkestone man has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to setting his own flat on fire.

Mark Elliott, 34, set alight to his bedroom curtains on the night of July 1 and the fire soon spread to the rest of his flat on Rendezvous Street.

Residents from neighbouring flats saw the smoke which continued to spread to the rest of the building and raised the alarm, pulling Elliott to safety.

Although most of the residents escaped the fire, firefighters had to rescue two people and some were treated for smoke inhalation.

Elliott admitted the charge of arson with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to three years in prison when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.


Alan and his team tackle USA bush fire

Alan and his team have been called in to fight a bush fire Credit: Isle of Wight Council

An Isle of Wight firefighter, part of an exchange trip to Oregon in the USA to learn about tackling wildfire, now finds himself on the front line fighting a bush fire.

Alan Jones, based at Newport, is with four colleagues from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on the trip, which has so far seen them train on the techniques used to tackle large-scale wildfires.

Having completed the training, Alan and his colleagues have been assigned to join 660 firefighters who are battling a massive blaze at Canyon Creek Over 73,000 acres have been burned and several properties destroyed.

Woman, 87, dies after being rescued from kitchen fire

Flowers have been placed outside the house

An 87-year old woman who was taken to hospital following a fire in Elham near Ashford has died.

Fire crews were called to a house in The Square on Monday night, where they were confronted by a kitchen fire.

The house has since been boarded up

She was taken to hospital by ambulance, suffering from smoke inhalation, but has since passed away.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service says the ground floor kitchen was completely destroyed, with the blaze burning through the ceiling to the floor above.

It says the entire house was extensively damaged by the fire, which started on the ground floor.

An investigation is underway.

Eastbourne Pier fire one year on

A year ago today, Eastbourne Pier was engulfed in flames. We still don't know why the fire happened - but ever since efforts to rebuild it have continued apace. Traders are relieved that they're back in business again, but is the long term future of the pier secure? Andrea Thomas has been speaking to trader James Gallagher, Tim Cobb from the Chamber of Commerce and Councillor David Tutt.

Family and pets have lucky escape from fire

Three young people and two family pets had a lucky escape from a house fire in East Preston yesterday after the alarm was raised by a working smoke detector.

Firefighters were called to the terraced house on Mill Pond Way, East Preston yesterday afternoon after an electrical fire was sparked by a dishwasher.

Smoke from the dishwasher quickly spread through the kitchen door but thanks to the early warning given by the smoke alarm, the two brothers and their friend, who were upstairs when the fire started, were able to escape safely from the property and call 999.

On arrival firefighters discovered that two of the family’s cats were still in the property so a team wearing breathing apparatus entered the smoke logged house to rescue the animals.

One of the rescued cats was given oxygen therapy by firefighters before both animals being taken to the vets. The young occupiers were uninjured.

“Once again, this incident highlights the value of having working smoke detectors in your home. The early warning from the smoke alarm has saved the occupiers and their pets from serious injury. Dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers often contain powerful motors with fast moving parts so can get very hot. We would advise people to carry out regular visual checks for any worn wiring and keep their appliances regularly maintained.”

– Incident Commander Neal Temperley from Littlehampton Fire Station
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