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Firefighters save family of four in Milton Keynes house

A family of four was rescued from a house fire in Milton Keynes in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Crews from Great Holm and Bletchley were called to the fire in the two-storey terraced house in Clarence Road, Stony Stratford at about 03:00 BST.

Firefighters rescued a man, a woman and two boys aged two and five.

All four were treated by paramedics for the effects of breathing in smoke before being taken to Milton Keynes Hospital.

Crew manager Graham Kemp from Great Holm Fire Station said: "On our way to the incident we were provided with detailed information by our control room.

"It confirmed there were four people in the house, telling us exactly where they were and how to reach them once we had got inside the front door.

Alarms not working

"The house was full of smoke when we arrived and they were all at the bedroom window at the front of the house so we were quickly able to get them out by ladder.

"Naturally they were in a distressed state as they were unable to escape because of all the smoke."

The fire started in the kitchen at the rear of the house. The building was 40% damaged by fire and smoke.

Volunteers from the British Red Cross fire and emergency support service, based at Bletchley fire station, went to Milton Keynes Hospital to provide assistance to the family.

The house had two smoke alarms in it but neither was working, Mr Kemp said.

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