Nine flats evacuated after flat fire

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Nine flats in Central Milton Keynes had to be evacuated when a fire broke out on Saturday morning.

Crews from Great Holm, Broughton and Newport Pagnell were called to the incident at Eaton Mews, North Row, shortly after midnight. The fire is believed to have started on the balcony of a second-floor flat in the four-storey building.

The occupant was woken by the sound of the fire and although it spread from the balcony into her flat, she was able to escape by normal means downstairs and raise the alarm.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two jets, a hose reel and large fans to put out the fire.

The flat was severely damaged by fire, and surrounding flats were damaged by heat and smoke. People who had to leave their flats were initially looked after by the British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service team, whose vehicle is based at Bletchley Fire Station.

Those whose flats were unaffected were allowed to return. Occupants from the affected flats continued to receive support from the British Red Cross team or stayed overnight with family, friends or neighbours.

Station Manager Tim Parkins, the incident commander, said: “The attending crews did an excellent job in bringing the fire under control, ensuring there was minimal damage to the flats either side in difficult and challenging circumstances.”

Crews returned to the area over the weekend to raise awareness of fire safety in the home and provide advice and reassurance where required.