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Fire crews dealing with blaze at scrapyard in Oakley

Smoke can be seen billowing from the scrapyard in Oakley Credit: @philbaker28

Fire crews from Buckinghamshire fire and rescue are currently dealing with a blaze at a scrapyard in Oxford Road in Oakley.

A 200 metre cordon has been set up around the scrap yard because acetylene cylinders are involved.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the scrapyard in Oakley Credit: ITV Meridian

'Unofficial' phone charger may have caused Hampshire blaze

An unofficial phone charger is thought to have cause a blaze at a house in Hampshire. Fire crews believes the charger overheated and set fire to the building.

Fire Control received calls to a fire in a end of terrace domestic property. The fire involved the first floor and roof space. Ten breathing apparatus sets, three jets and positive pressure fans were used to extinguish the fire. The stop message was received at 1752. Approximately 20 Firefighters attended from Waterloovile, Cosham and Havant.

– Hants Fire & Rescue
Crews at the scene in Waterlooville Credit: Hants Fire and Rescue


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

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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.

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