UPDATED: Man rescued from home as neighbours fight Wycombe fire

Bucks Free Press: Man rescued as neighbours fight Wycombe fire Man rescued as neighbours fight Wycombe fire

POLICE have launched an arson investigation after firefighters rescued an elderly man who became trapped in his High Wycombe home by fire.

Neighbours heard the 77-year-old man’s cries for help and called the fire service to the semi-detached property in Bookerhill Road last night.

Brave residents had already started to put out the flames when the crews from High Wycombe and Beaconsfield arrived just after 11pm.

Thames Valley Police confirmed it has launched an arson investigation. Officers believe an accelerant was used to start the fire at the front door.

Crew manager Phil Sears from Wycombe fire station said the man was fortunate to be alive and urged residents to fit smoke alarms in their homes.

He said: “The man was unable to get out of his front door, but neighbours heard his shouts for help and called 999.

“There were no smoke alarms in the house, but fortunately he was still up when the fire broke out. Had he been asleep upstairs, it is highly likely that he would have been overcome by smoke and lost his life.

“It is vitally important to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and to test them once a week.”

The fire crews from High Wycombe and Beaconsfield helped him out of the house and into the care of volunteers from the British Red Cross.

He was later taken to hospital while firefighters cleared the smoke and fitted smoke alarms in the house.

Contact police on the 101 enquiry line with any information about the fire.

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10:33am Tue 16 Apr 13

Darren Hayday says...

I saw the house, he was lucky to be alive. Hope that he makes a full recovery!
I saw the house, he was lucky to be alive. Hope that he makes a full recovery! Darren Hayday
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1:56pm Tue 16 Apr 13

R.J.Sibley says...

I was on of the British Red Cross FESS (fire and emergency support service) on the scene, As the firefighter said it was lucky that the gentleman was awake when the fire broke out, It could of been alot worse.
I can't see why anyone would do such a thing to a elderly person like this.
I hope the police catch the people than done this.
I was on of the British Red Cross FESS (fire and emergency support service) on the scene, As the firefighter said it was lucky that the gentleman was awake when the fire broke out, It could of been alot worse. I can't see why anyone would do such a thing to a elderly person like this. I hope the police catch the people than done this. R.J.Sibley
  • Score: 7

7:05pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Marmite XO says...

I can't believe I'm reading this in the I'm the bfp. Maybe the Liverpool Echo, but not in Bucks. What is happening to this county?
I can't believe I'm reading this in the I'm the bfp. Maybe the Liverpool Echo, but not in Bucks. What is happening to this county? Marmite XO
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