A malfunctioning baby monitor has devastated a property, after it caught fire while lying on a bed.

Yesterday (November 1) at around 3pm Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue crews from Didcot Fire Station and Abingdon Fire Station were called to a report of an upstairs fire in a property in Wantage.

The screws scrambled to the scene and found smoke coming from the blackened upstairs windows of the semi-detached building.

Herald Series: The bed was left charred after the blaze The bed was left charred after the blaze (Image: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service)

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Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the building with a high pressure hose reel and found the fire in a first floor bedroom.

The blaze was quickly dealt with and the smoke cleared from the building using the fire service’s high pressure fan.

Herald Series: Damage to the ceiling after the fireDamage to the ceiling after the fire (Image: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue)

The cause of the fire was determined to be a malfunction of an electronic baby monitor that was left on the bed.

No one was injured and the family dog had a lucky escape too, as it was recused by neighbours prior to the arrival of the fire service.

Herald Series: The bathroom was also damaged in the blaze The bathroom was also damaged in the blaze (Image: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue)

Incident commander Jon Walker said: The family were out at the time of the fire and the alarm was raised by a vigilant neighbour”.

“We cannot stress the importance of not leaving electric devices unattended near combustible surfaces”.


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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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