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Southborough flat blaze highlights danger of fire smoke

The dangers of fire smoke were highlighted early this morning after a television caught fire, resulting in two Southborough residents needing medical treatment for smoke inhalation.

Two fire crews were sent to flats London Road, Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells, at 5.12am to tackle a fire in a first floor flat.

Firefighters entered the two-storey building wearing breathing apparatus and tackled a fire in the lounge of the property, using a hose reel jet. They used a thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire was out and a positive pressure ventilation fan to remove smoke from the building.

The hard-wired fire alarm system in the flats had alerted residents to the blaze, and everyone was out of the property when crews arrived. However, a man and a woman, both in their early twenties needed oxygen therapy for the effects of breathing in smoke, after trying to smother the fire with a wet duvet.

They were passed to the care of ambulance crews for further checks. It is believed that the fire started in wiring to a television and had spread to nearby clothing. Fire damage was contained to part of the lounge and half of the flat was smoke damaged.

“Thankfully, the fire alarm alerted residents to this blaze, enabling them to get out and promptly raise the alarm, however we would ask people to consider the potential risks to themselves when they discover a fire in their home. While it is natural to want to try and tackle a fire yourself, it is easy to underestimate just how overpowering fire smoke can be. Just three breaths can knock you unconscious. Our advice is to leave the property as soon as you can to minimise the risk of injury, closing doors behind you where possible, to reduce the spread of smoke and to help contain the fire.”

– Tunbridge Wells firefighter Graham Knight

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Person killed in house fire in Wiltshire

A person has been confirmed to have died in a house fire in Blunsdon this morning.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to the property at 00:03 this morning by a passer-by who believed a garage to be on fire.

Crews from Stratton St Margaret and Swindon fire stations attended the scene. On arrival they were met by a severe fire involving the entire property.

Firefighters used 8 breathing apparatus, one main jet and two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

During a search of the property, firefighters discovered the body of a person.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is now working with our colleagues from Wiltshire Police to establish the cause of the blaze.

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Waste centre fire still burning after five weeks

There's a fire in the Thames Valley that's been burning for over a month and it still isn't out.

Firefighters were called to the Averies Recycling Centre in Swindon on the 21st of July - nearly five weeks ago, now.

Nearly two weeks later, the council told the plant to remove 3 thousand tonnes of waste to let crews get closer to the source of the fire.

A fortnight later, Averies was served an enforcement notice as it had failed to take any of it away.

The Environment Agency took over the clean-up operation a few days later.

Well today crews employed a new tactic to try and put the fire out, as Bob Constantine reports.

Crews continue to tackle Swindon waste centre fire

Crews have begun aggressively tackling a fire which has been burning for more than a month at a waste centre in Swindon.

People living near Averies recycling site are being warned to watch out for extra smoke while the work is carried out. A dozen crews are using thousands of litres of water a minute.

ITV News spoke to Ian Jeary from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.

Business counts cost of fire

A local business in Berkshire is counting the cost of a fire that ripped through its premises. 30 ft high flames were seen coming from a car mechanics at Bourne Road in Pangbourne just before 6pm last night. Terrified neighbours were evacuated from their homes and six fire crews were needed to bring it under control. But, as Asana Greenstreet reports, it's the owners who are left picking up the pieces.

Some of the viewer's footage seen in the report is courtesy of Dave & Hayley Bowen.

Large fire destroys car workshop in Pangbourne

Fire crews were called to Bourne Road in Pangbourne Credit: ITV Meridian

A car workshop has been completely destroyed by a large fire in Pangbourne. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue were called to the garage on Bourne Road just before 6pm last night.

Six crews attended the fire from Caversham Road, Dee Road, Wokingham Road, Whitley Wood, Wokingham, and Goring stations.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.

Plumes of smoke over Bourne Road in Pangbourne Credit: ITV Meridian
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