Monday, 21 July 2014

Centenarian rescued by Uckfield firefighters

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have rescued a 100 year old man from a fire in a property in Fletching on Sunday night.

Two crews from Uckfield were called to the remote property at 11.30pm and found a developing fire in the kitchen.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building before the occupier noticed that her elderly father was missing from his annexe. The breathing apparatus team quickly located the man using a thermal imaging camera and brought him out of the building.

The home owner had followed the advice of ESFRS mobilising staff and had closed the door to the kitchen and evacuated the building, however the man had gone back in to try and deal with the fire with a small extinguisher but was overcome by the thick smoke.

Firefighters provided him with oxygen therapy until the arrival of an ambulance who took the man to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire was contained to the kitchen having started in a dishwasher and spread to the timber cupboards and work-top.

The alarm was raised by smoke detectors previously fitted by the fire service during a home safety visit again highlighting the value of these devices.

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