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Woman rescued by neighbours from fire in Milton Keynes

Neighbours who rescued a woman after she was trapped on the top floor of her three-storey Milton Keynes home by a fire have been praised for "bravery".

The fire broke out on Sunday at about 0245 BST at a terraced home in Shearmans, Fullers Slade.

The woman in the house was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm, and neighbours used a ladder to help bring her to safety.

Buckinghamshire Fire Service praised the actions of the neighbours.

The fire service's area manager, Mick Osborne, said: "This was a remarkable act of bravery by her neighbours, and another reminder of the vital importance of smoke alarms.

"Upon arrival, crews were faced with a well-developed fire on the first and second floors. The staircase at these levels had been destroyed by the fire.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property to fight the fire and carry out a search of the premises using a thermal imaging camera.

"The fire was completely under control by 0530 BST and crews remained on scene for a considerable time afterwards, damping down and checking there had been no further spread of fire to adjacent properties."

An investigation has started into the cause of the fire.

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