UPDATED: Family treated for burns and smoke inhalation after house fire in Bicester

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A family narrowly escaped a serious fire on the first floor of their house in Bicester last night.

Four crews from Bicester, Kidlington and Oxford were called to Kennet Close at 10.45pm to tackle the blaze which had taken hold in the first floor bedroom.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two high-pressure hose reels and thermal imaging cameras to tackle the fire and prevent it spreading to other houses.

Two adults and three children had managed to escape the home before firefighters arrived. They were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service were also at the scene to provide support to the family and replace essential possessions lost or damaged in the fire.

Crew manager Chris Hollis from Bicester Fire Station said: “This was a severe fire and Firefighters worked hard in hot and arduous conditions to bring it under control. Thankfully the family all escaped without serious harm and ensured that everyone was out before calling the Fire and Rescue Service.

“ I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of having working Smoke Alarms fitted on each level of their home and testing them regularly. When a fire breaks out, the early warning they can provide is essential in helping you to escape safely, especially at night.”

Visit www.365alive.co.uk for fire safety advice. If you have a fire safety question call the free phone community safety helpline on 08000 325 999 or email community.safety@oxfordshire.gov.uk.