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Tumble dryer causes fire in pub

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at a public house in Ramsden near Witney at 10.07 am this morning.

Four fire engines attended the fire and on arrival crews were faced with smoke issuing from the roof of the grade 2 listed building. Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the building with a hose reel to tackle the fire.

The crews discovered that the fire involved a tumble dryer in a first floor room which had caused heavy smoke logging throughout the property. The crews quickly extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading to the remainder of the premises.

"The landlord controlled the initial development of the fire, however it quickly became apparent that the fire could not be extinguished so the building was evacuated and the fire service called. The swift attendance and subsequent fire fighting actions of the fire service led to the damage being confined to the 1st floor of the public house.”

– Incident Commander, Station Manager Guy Dunkley

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service advise that if you discover a fire within your property the best course of action is to get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

Fire crews tackle thatched cottage blaze

Nine fire engines were called to a large fire at a thatched cottage in Great Shefford in Berkshire last night.

Crews from Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire were called to the blaze in the roof of a cottage in Wantage Road at 6:17pm yesterday evening.

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.


Woman dies in house fire in Andover

A woman has died in a house fire in Andover.

Fire crews were mobilised to Pen Close at 06:15 this morning after reports of a fire.

Crews were on scene quickly and gained access to the property. They worked hard to tackle the fire wearing four sets of breathing apparatus. They used two jets and two hose reels to extinguish the fire which had started in the bedroom.

Sadly, one elderly female died at the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. A joint investigation with Hampshire Constabulary will commence today to determine what happened.

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Community rallies round to help family, left homeless after Christmas fire

The roof was destroyed - a defectiove light bulb has been blamed Credit: Eddie Mitchell

A fire, just half an hour before Christmas Day, left a family homeless. The blaze, at Uckfield in East Sussex, has been blamed on an overheated lightbulb.

The fire is believed to have started in the loft of the semi-detached house. The family have returned to the property to salvage Christmas presents.

The local community is rallying round to the help the family today. A local councillor said an appeal had been started.

Fire ignited by bathroom mirror in Oxfordshire

Fire crews were called to a blaze in a property in Hengest Gate, Harwell yesterday, which was caused by sunlight shining on a mirror.

Crews from Didcot, Abingdon and Wallingford attended the incident. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire, which caused damage to the bathroom of the property.

A fire investigation found that the fire was caused by sunlight shining on the convex side of a shaving mirror, which was close to the window in the first floor bathroom. The sunlight was magnified by the mirror and reflected onto the roller blind within the bathroom. The magnified light was so hot it ignited the blind.

The fire then spread to the wooden window frame and the timber cladding on the exterior of the property. A serious fire was only averted because the occupiers arrived home and were alerted by their smoke alarms.


Firefighters still on scene of warehouse blaze

This was the scene of the fire on Saturday Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters are still on the scene of a large fire which broke out in Sussex.

Two hundred tonnes of rubbish caught fire at the Skip It warehouse in North Quay Road in Newhaven on Friday.

The operations has been scaled down - one fire engine remains at the site.

Firefighters are working alongside staff from the operators to clear the waste, which remains smouldering and burning in parts.

This work is causing some smoke in the area, despite efforts to minimise this.

Residents in areas affected by the smoke are being advised to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

Waste at industrial site continues to burn for a fourth day

The fire at the industrial site is burning for a fourth day Credit: Eddie Mitchell

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have remained at the site of a serious fire in Newhaven throughout the night.

The fire broke out at a containers yard in Newhaven on Friday morning. At the height of the incident, eight fire engines were at the scene. Around 200 tonnes of household waste is thought to have caught alight.

Cordons remain in place this morning and the town remains affected by smoke, which is causing problems with visibility on the roads.

Residents in areas affected by the smoke are being advised to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed. Motorists driving through the area have been told to keep their windows shut, turn off their air conditioning and keep their vents closed.

Residents in Newhaven told to avoid breathing in smoke

Residents asked to keep windows and doors closed following serious fire in Newhaven

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