Two women rescued after sheltered housing blaze

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Two women had to be rescued after a fire broke out at a sheltered housing scheme on Saturday.

A flat was destroyed by the fire and part of the building was damaged by smoke after the fire broke out at about 7.41am on March 26.

At its peak around 25 firefighters tackled the blaze at Buckland Lodge in Netherfield, with crews from Bletchley, Great Holm and Broughton attending.A woman in the ground-floor flat, where the fire started, was pulled to safety by a warden and taken to hospital suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke. Firefighters rescued another woman from her flat and she was treated at the scene by paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service.

Two other women were treated at the scene by paramedics and one was later taken to hospital.

Station manager Tony Bennett, said: “Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and searched the 23 occupied flats on the two floors. A phased evacuation was carried out and everyone was accounted for. We needed a lot of information at the scene, and we were really impressed with the efficient way in which staff from Milton Keynes Council were able to provide it.

“I would like to thank them, and our colleagues from Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service, for everything they did to help us manage what must have been a very distressing incident for all the residents.”

The flat was destroyed by the fire and part of the building was damaged by smoke. Four occupants are having to be rehoused.

A Milton Keynes Council spokesman said: “The fire triggered the resident’s ‘pendant’ alarm which then sent a message directly to our nationally accredited Community alarm service. The operator took the call, rang back the tenant but there was no responses, so immediately took the decision to dispatch a mobile warden, who set off quickly for the flat.

“As she was doing so the fire alarms in the complex itself were set off. The warden then helped the lady to a place of safety with the assistance of a home carer.

“Other staff who were on site carried out a phased evacuation and we are extremely pleased with the calm, efficient manner in which they worked.

“The fire has left three of the 24 flatsout of action, one of which was already unoccupied, and the other tenants have been temporarily moved to alternative accommodation.”