Bedroom blaze was caused by lamp falling onto mattress
Crews from Amersham and Beaconsfield raced to Highfield Close on Thursday August 24 to reports of a house fire.
A touch-activated bedside lamp had been knocked over onto the foam mattress with the resulting fire damaging the bedroom, hall, stairs and landing of the house.
Called out at around 11.30am, firefighters used one hose reel, two sets of breathing apparatus and a PPV fan and carried out a home fire risk check.
They removed the mattress from the house, which suffered damage from the smoke and molten foam.
Bucks and MK Fire has now issued a reminder for people to switch appliances off at the socket when not in use.
Amersham crew commander Charlie Walters said: “The woman at the property was not aware the lamp had fallen onto the mattress and left the room.
“A short while later she smelt smoke, and on in- vestigation found the heat generated by the 60 watt bulb had caused the mattress to begin smouldering. She called 999 and the operator advised her to leave the house.
“When we arrived we found smoke logging to the bedroom. When we lifted the mattress, the foam combusted and began to melt so we removed it from the house and used a hose reel to put the fire out.”
Crew Commander Walters added: “It is really important to be aware of any electrical items or appliances which you have plugged into sockets and if they don’t need to be switched on when you are not in the room consider turning them off.
“I would also urge people to check they have working smoke alarms installed in every level of their home.
“On this occasion the quick reactions of the woman in noticing the smell and calling 999 meant she was able to able to get out of the property safely, and call us out before the situation developed into something more serious. However, she also had alarms which went off once the smoke reached them, and would have helped raise the alarm had she been further away from source of the smoke.”
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