CAMBS: Disabled woman in 50s dies in blaze during firefighter strike

11:08 11 July 2014

Archant

A disabled woman in her 50s has died in a flat blaze during the firefighter strike yesterday (Thursday).

Fire crews were sent to Risby, in North Bretton, Peterborough, at 5.38pm and arrived 11 minutes later. The fire was extinguished by 6.32pm but a woman was found dead at the scene.

Some damage was caused to the flat above.

Chief fire officer Graham Stagg said: “Three crews - one from Dogsthorpe, one from Stanground and an on-call crew - responded to the incident immediately and arrived in the time we normally would, with the same number of crews as usual, had FBU members not been striking. The on-call crew was returned to base as it was not required at the scene.

“Unfortunately a disabled female resident was already deceased on our arrival.

“This is exactly the sort of incident we are trying to prevent by working with partners and other organisations in Cambridgeshire.

“In one week we have tragically seen the death of two vulnerable residents with medical conditions. These are the very people we are trying to identify in our community so we can help and educate them about fire risks in their home to prevent these fires from happening.

“If you know someone in your street, on your estate or in your community who you think is vulnerable, please, contact the fire service so we can ensure everyone in our community has the best chance to be protected against fire.

“Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the victims at this time.”

Sir Peter Brown, chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, added: “Yesterday’s fatality in Peterborough is a tragedy that everyone will come to terms with. On behalf of the Cambridgeshire Fire Service, I extend our condolences to the family of the lady who died.

“I know the members of our service reacted in their usual professional way to this call and maximum efforts were made to deal with the incident.

“I am proud of our firefighters and resilience teams who continue to do everything to protect local residents from such tragedies.”

Last Friday an elderly man died in a house fire in Ely.

1 comment

  • I am so glad blame cannot be put on the firemen as a striking emergency service in my opinion is unacceptable. Changes are being made throughout the country on peoples contracts, the private sector would love the benefits firemen have with pensions.

    Report this comment

    Nev

    Friday, July 11, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:44
James Palmer

James Palmer has announced his candidacy of the new role of mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and says he hopes the new devolved authority will give “more power to those who understand the needs of the area”.

Yesterday, 15:18
Adam Stretton and Jet.

A talented agility dog from Huntingdon and his owner have qualified for the prestigious Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals in London later this month.

Yesterday, 13:54
Hinchingbrooke Hospital,

A new centre which will support and care for people who have been sexually assaulted is to open in Huntingdon on December 14.

Yesterday, 09:40
Cambridgeshire 's police and fire services are exploring closer working opportunities.

Cambridgeshire’s police and crime commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, has moved a step closer to taking on responsibility for the county’s fire and rescue service after it was agreed to develop a joint business case looking at closer collaboration between the two emergency services.

Get your skates on this winter and enjoy one of the UK's most stylish open-air ice rinks nestled amongst the trees in Parkers Piece Park in the heart of Cambridge

Set in the heart of vibrant Cambridge, The North Pole Cambridge Ice Rink is back throughout the festive season; come and join us as we open from the 18th November through to 4th January.

Read more

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up