Published: May 18, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackle kitchen fire in Highbridge

These were the scenes in Highbridge on Monday evening (May 18th) when 20 residents of a flats complex were briefly evacuated following a kitchen fire.

Fire crews equipped with breathing apparatus were called to General Higgins House in Southwell Crescent at 6pm.

"One fire appliance from Burnham was initially mobilised to a fire alarm signal received via Southern Monitoring. A second call was received from the premises stating this was a fire, and a second appliance from Burnham was then mobilised," a fire spokesman told at the scene.

"On arrival, crews confirmed there was a smoke issuing from a cooker, and used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to cool a pan involved."

"Crews removed one gentleman from the property and administered oxygen. Crews also requested an ambulance to the scene for two elderly gentlemen suffering from shock."

He added that the cause of the fire had been accidental and that the kitchen had suffered some light smoke damage. The residents were evacuated as a precaution.

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