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Elderly woman has lucky escape after electric blanket catches fire

An elderly lady left the property when she saw that the bed was on fire Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

An investigation is underway after a faulty electric blanket caused a house fire in Oxford. Fire crews were called to Horspath just before 10:30 on Thursday evening.

When crews arrived, smoke was coming from the upstairs window. Luckily an elderly lady had left the building after discovering the bed on fire.

Crews were called to the property late on Thursday night Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

"The lady was very lucky as the smoke alarm in the property had not raised the alarm. The 82 year old lady was in the property but only discovered the fire when she went upstairs - unfortunately the smoke alarm was not positioned correctly so was not able to give early detection to the fire”.

– Station Manager Paul Webster

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care when using portable electrical heating devices and recommend that they are not used overnight and only turned on when they can be monitored.


Fire crews called to fire at Hotel after alarm alert

The Randolph Hotel was badly damaged by a fire in April 2015

Firefighters were called to the Randolph Hotel in Oxford to deal with a fire in a bedroom at the site last night.

The alert was raised following a fire alarm going off at about 11.40pm. Two fire engines from Rewley Road fire station attended the incident. They reported seeing light smoke, and the presence of a strong smell of burning coming from a first floor room.

The two elderly people staying in the room were taken to safety by staff. One woman was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

The incident commander from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning for people to check their portable electrical appliances.

It is believed that the fire at the 5-star hotel was sparked inside an electrical nebulizer which overheated. The devices can help with medical treatments for breathing - for example for people with asthma.

“I would urge the public to review the condition of their portable electrical appliances in relation to any signs of damage, wear and tear and replace if necessary. Fortunately, the hotel had a fire alarm system, which alerted all persons and allowed plenty of time for emergency evacuation procedures to be put into place”.

– Incident Commander, Watch Manager Ricky Thomas, Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service

More firefighters sent to tackle Fleet petrol station fire

More than 50 firefighters spent the night fighting the flames Credit: Rushmoor Fire Station

A second round of relief fire crews have been sent to Fleet Services off the M3 in Hampshire following a major blaze last night. More than 50 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the fire.

At present one lane of the M3 southbound is closed between Junction 4a for Fleet and Junction 5 for Hook.

The Fleet service station area remains closed and there is slow traffic in the area. The fire broke out in the service station's food court at around 10.30pm last night.

The fire is under control and firefighters are damping down the area damaged by the blaze to make it safe.

The blaze has destroyed part of the service station Credit: Rushmoor Fire station

Shopping centre fire confirmed as arson

Credit: ITV

A fire in the shopping centre at Ringwood in Hampshire has been confirmed as arson.

Investigations are continuing this morning into the blaze which engulfed six shops in Ringwood, Hampshire.

The fire started in a bin behind shops in Meeting House Lane. Fifty firefighters were called out to tackle the flames.

We can confirm that we are investigating a fire that took place at the shopping centre in Meeting House Lane, Ringwood, just before 8am on Sunday, November 27.

Following an assessment by colleagues at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are treating the fire as arson.

– Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

"Upstairs is completely gone - the kitchen is no longer." Fire destroys 17th century pub.

A landlord whose pub was almost completely destroyed by fire has vowed to try and re-open within 6 months.

40 fire-fighters tackled the flames at the Hooden on the Hill pub in Willesborough in Ashford, after the blaze was thought to have started in the kitchen.

Sarah Saunders spoke to landlord Howard Lapish and Rupert Roberts from Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

Additional footage from Lousie Kennett and stills courtesy of @Kent_999s


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