Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Woman resuscitated after Andover flat fire

A 25-year-old woman was resuscitated by firefighters after a fire at a block of flats in north-west Hampshire.

Neighbours called for help after smoke triggered the alarm at the sheltered housing complex in Western Road, Andover, just before 0500 GMT.

Firefighters broke into the woman's bedroom and pulled her to safety before she was taken to Basingstoke hospital.

An investigation has started into the cause of the fire, which is believed to have been started by a cigarette.

Police were also called to the scene, which has been cordoned off.

Jamie Rolfe, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This was a fire which began in the bedroom of the flat and the alarm was raised by neighbours who heard a smoke alarm sounding.

"The first crews in attendance entered the property and found the occupant unconscious in the bedroom and immediately removed her and began resuscitation.

"On initially entering the property this fire seems to have been affecting the bed and we would like to take this opportunity to remind householders of the dangers of smoking in bed."

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