Posts Tagged ‘fire’

Pensioner taken to hospital after Filton Avenue bungalow fire

Posted on Monday 3rd March 2014 at 3:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Fire engine of the Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

A woman her 70s was taken to hospital as a precaution following a fire in her bungalow in Filton this morning (Monday 3rd March).

Responding to a call received at 9.32am, three fire engines from Patchway, Southmead and Temple fire stations attended the blaze in a semi-detached property on Filton Avenue.

Once on scene, crews were faced with a well-developed fire, so immediately set to work to bring it under control. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used high pressure hose reels and jets to deal with the fire, which caused extensive damage to the front bedroom of the property.

The blaze also caused smoke damage throughout the rest of the home. Crews were successful, however, in preventing the fire from spreading to a neighbouring property.

A lady in her 70s and her pet dog were at home at the time of the fire, but both had managed to make their way to safety before crews arrived. The lady was treated on the scene by paramedics for the effects of smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Filton Avenue was closed during the incident, with buses being diverted along Wessex Avenue and the A38.

Photo: Archive image of an Avon Fire & Rescue Service fire engine (courtesy of the Stoke Gifford Journal).

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Arson investigation started following Kipling Road car and house fire

Posted on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 at 9:38 am by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Four people escaped unhurt after fire from a car which had been set alight spread to a house in Filton.

The incident happened at around 2am on Monday morning (21st October) in Kipling Road. A car parked on a driveway was set on fire and this spread to the house.

The fire caused significant damage to the house.

There were four people – two adults, a teenage girl and a toddler – asleep inside the house at the time, but fortunately they escaped unhurt.

Police say they believe the fire was started deliberately and an arson investigation has begun.

Detective Inspector Jill Kells said:

“This is a very serious incident but we are lucky that we are not talking today about any deaths. It must be frightening to wake up in the middle of the night to find your home on fire and made so much worse to think that someone could have started it deliberately.”

“An arson investigation has begun and we are determined to identify those responsible and make sure they face the consequences of their deliberate and dangerous actions. If anyone has any information about the incident which could help us please get in touch with us.”

If you saw the fire being started, or know who is responsible, please contact South Gloucestershire CID on 101. Alternatively, phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police

Homes evacuated after gas cylinders placed on bonfire

Posted on Monday 9th September 2013 at 11:02 am by SH (Editor)

Fire engine of the Avon Fire & Rescue Service.

Residents of between 20 and 30 homes in the Eighth Avenue area of Filton had to be evacuated on Friday evening (6th September) after gas cylinders were placed on a bonfire.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service reports that an oxygen cylinder and an acetylene cylinder had been placed on the fire.

Crews from Southmead and Patchway fire stations were called to the scene after being contacted by local residents who were concerned about gas escaping and the size of the flames.

On arrival, firefighters found the bonfire was close to a high-voltage transformer on a telegraph pole.

A spokesman for the service said:

“Due to the fire and potential risk of explosion from the cylinder, both fire and police personnel were involved in an immediate evacuation of the area.”

The fire was brought under control and firefighters remained at the scene for around three hours to ensure the cylinders were safe.

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