Firefighters rescued a woman who was overcome by smoke in a house fire in Conniburrow on Saturday.
Crews from Newport Pagnell, Broughton and Great Holm and a turntable ladder from Aylesbury were called to a three-storey house in Ramsons Avenue, Conniburrow, at 3.20pm. A neighbour made the 999 call after noticing smoke coming through an open door leading to a balcony on the middle floor.
Watch Manager Andy Whitwham, the incident commander from Newport Pagnell Fire Station, said: “Thick black smoke was pouring out when we arrived and the neighbour told us there might be someone inside.
“The fire was in the lounge, and the occupant had crawled out on to the balcony, where she was overcome by smoke.”
After finding her, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus closed the door to the lounge and gave her oxygen on the balcony while their colleagues searched the rest of the house, put out the fire and cleared the smoke with a fan. Firefighters and paramedics then helped her down the stairs.
Andy added: “Conditions were very difficult because of the heavy smoke and the substantial damage to the room, and crews had to work extremely hard.”
The house had working smoke alarms which were sounding when firefighters arrived.
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