Tue, 16 Feb 2016
FIREFIGHTERS have struck a cautionary note over the swift and brave actions of a workman, which prevented a Midgham fire from spreading throughout the property this afternoon (Tues).
Two pumps were called from Newbury Fire Station at 2.30pm to a fire in the conservatory of a detached house in Cox's Lane, where electrical work was being carried out.
Firefighters discovered the fire extinguished on arrival, after one of around five workmen at the scene entered the smoke-logged house and conservatory with a garden hose and put the fire out.
The workman was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Firefighters afterwards said the workman's actions were courageous, but advised it best to stay out of a property in such circumstances and await the arrival of the fire service.
The cause was put down to an electric fire lighter which caught a wicker chair alight, due to a malfunction.
No-one other than the workmen were in the property at the time, with no-one else hurt.
Firefighters left the scene at 4pm.