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Firefighters rescue three people following fire in Loudwater

| July 30, 2020

Three people were rescued by firefighters following a fire in Loudwater on the evening of Wednesday 29th July 2020.

At 8.38pm firefighters were called to a fire in the kitchen of a property in Station Road, Loudwater. One fire appliance with crew attended from Beaconsfield fire station as well as two from High Wycombe fire station. An officer also attended.

A main jet, hose reel and two sets of breathing apparatus were used during the operation to extinguish the fire.

The firefighters rscued a woman and two girls through a first-floor window. They were left in the care of South Central Ambulance Service. Two cats were also rescued, the cats were given oxygen.

Station Commander Andrew Holtzhausen from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service said: ‘On attendance the Beaconsfield crew saw the distressed young family on the first floor and rapidly effected a snatch rescue and safely extricated a two-year-old girl, a five-year-old girl and their mother.

The family were safe but understandably shaken by the incident. A neighbour invited them into their house to assist in calming the children down because they were fearing for their pets.

The property was heavily smoke-logged due to all the doors been open, and crews discovered a small kitchen fire, which they rapidly extinguished. The crews then found two unresponsive kittens in the kitchen and started resuscitating them outside with oxygen.

They successfully brought both kittens round to the huge delight of onlookers and the two children alike. A chorus of applause arose as crews handed the kittens to the family.

I would like to highlight good practice and professionalism of all attending crews, the decisive incident command choices and the manner in which the crews carried themselves throughout the incident.

Firefighters will be returning to the area on Thursday 30th July 2020 to reassure local residents and provide fire safety advice.

*Source of article : Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service ‘Incident Updates’.

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