Tag Archives: smoke inhalation

England | Coastguard helo used to ferry fire & ambulance crew to house fire on Holy Island

At 7.35pm Humber Coastguard was contacted by North Eastern Ambulance Service requesting assistance in dealing with a report of a fire at a house on Holy Island, Northumberland.

Humber Coastguard requested the rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer and sent Coastguard Rescue Teams from Holy Island and Seahouses. The rescue helicopter transferred nine Northumberland Fire and Rescue Officers and a member of the ambulance crew to the island as the causeway from the mainland was closed.

Officers at the scene reported that the fire had started in a three bedroom cottage and was at risk of spreading to a neighbouring home, which was prevented by a group of islanders who attempted to contain the fire with their own extinguishers. One local resident had entered the property to rescue a trapped dog and ambulance crew are checking the man for potential smoke inhalation.

Graham Dawson, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard says,
“This was a multi-agency response to an isolated location as the only connection to the mainland is a causeway, which was underwater this evening. HM Coastguard’s involvement was to coordinate the transfer of the right personnel over to the island by helicopter and help with evacuation of residents close to the scene. Our Coastguard Rescue Teams both on the island and on the mainland secured the helicopter landing sites.”

Queensland | Four people injured in major structure fire in Fortitude Valley

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service responded to a unit fire on Gotha Street, Fortitude Valley just after 4.30pm this afternoon. The four storey structure was well involved upon arrival.

Approximately 50 firefighters are currently attending the scene, dampening down all hot spots and finalising searches of the units. 15 appliances and three aerial ladder pumpers were on hand to fight the blaze.

Queensland Ambulance Services treated three females suffering from smoke inhalation at the scene and all were transported to the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital. One male was treated at the scene.

There is no further information available at this time.

Queensland | Two men rescued after marine incident off the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Water Police assisted two men who were forced to abandon their vessel after it caught fire off the Gold Coast last night.

Around 6.10pm police received a report of a fire onboard a 52-foot vessel, around four nautical miles off Mermaid Beach.

The two men onboard fled the boat into a dinghy before activating an EPIRB and flares.

The vessel was fully engulfed by fire when water police arrived.

Officers transported the two men back to shore, where a 63-year-old man was transported to the Gold Coast Hospital with smoke inhalation.

Other agencies assisted in attempting to recover the boat, however, it later sunk at sea.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.

England | Elderly woman overcome by smoke after fire in Birmingham tower block


An elderly woman has been taken to hospital following a fire at a residential tower block in Birmingham Friday evening.   

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Clydesdale Tower, Holloway Head at approximately 9.40pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrives to find smoke rising from the fourth to the tenth floor.

“Working with firefighters at the scene, Crews quickly determined that no occupants were in the residence where the fire originally started. However, a neighbour in her late seventies was treated for smoke inhalation.

“She was taken to the City Hospital for further treatment and assessment.”

Queensland | Two police officers rescue man from house fire in Cloncurry

Around 7.30pm last night police were called to a house fire on Seymour Street at Cloncurry.

Two males, a Senior Constable and a Constable, and a female Constable were first on scene and were told there may still be a man inside the house.

The three officers entered the smoke-filled house and pulled a 40-year-old man who was asleep in the bedroom to safety.

One of the male Constables and the 40-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation and had to be taken Cloncurry Hospital for treatment.

Mount Isa District Inspector Paul Biggin thanked the neighbours who called police and said the officers should be very proud of themselves for showing such bravery under the circumstances.

Victoria | Good Sams rescue man from house fire in Glen Iris

A man was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns after he was rescued from a Glen Iris house fire.

On February 12 at 2.45pm, firefighters responded to calls of a fire on Station Avenue near Summerhill Road. The blaze involved a single storey weatherboard house of 16 squares.

Aggressive firefighting tactics contained the fire to mainly one room of the premises. That room, including its contents, was extensively damaged by fire while the remainder of the house has suffered some fire damage.

The male occupant of the premises was assisted from the burning building by workers from a nearby building site. He suffered some singing to the hair and eyebrows and was treated by Ambulance on-scene.

Smoke alarms were fitted and working when firefighters arrived. The fire was under control in 18 minutes and breathing apparatus was in operation. 18 firefighters were on scene. The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious and police are investigating.

Tasmania | One person injured in structure fire in Glenorchy

At approximately 1.20am this morning, the Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a report of a Structure Fire at Flamenco Circle, Glenorchy.

Prior to fire crews arriving, quick thinking neighbours forced entry to the premise to check for any occupants that may be inside, before being forced out by smoke.

Upon arrival, crews from Glenorchy and Hobart stations were confronted with smoke coming out of the single level dwelling. Fire fighters entered the structure and quickly extinguished the fire.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation and later transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital for observation.

Damage to the property is estimated at $80,000. Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police will conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.

New South Wales | Three police officers injured after major fire in Gosford

Three police officers were hospitalised with smoke inhalation after attending a fire on the central coast.

About 9.50pm (Friday 1 February 2013), police from Brisbane Local Area Command responded to reports of a fire at a large commercial building on Mann Street, Gosford.

Attending police were forced back due to a large amount of smoke from the fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW officers attended and extinguished the blaze, with the structure having been totally destroyed.

Three responding police officers required treatment at hospital for smoke inhalation. Two have since been released, however one remains in hospital under observation.

The cause of the fire is not yet determined as it is still unsafe to assess the structure. Therefore it is not known whether the fire is suspicious.

A crime scene has been established and will be examined by specialist police when able.

Officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command will conduct inquiries into the incident.

Victoria | Those near bushfire areas in danger of smoke inhalation

Ambulance Victoria is encouraging people near current bushfire areas to be wary of a smoke inhalation injury.

Manager Emergency Management and Air Ambulance Paul Holman advises that smoke inhalation can cause serious respiratory complications.

‘The children, the elderly, people with asthma, emphysema and heart disease are at a greater risk of being affected by smoke inhalation,’ he said.

‘Symptoms can include shortness of breath, coughing, vomiting, nausea, sleepiness and confusion.

‘Burns to the nose, mouth and face, singed nasal hairs and difficulty breathing are also signs of a more serious smoke inhalation injury.’

For those at risk of being exposed to smoke, either by living in close proximity to fires or assisting with the recovery period of bushfires should take these preventative measures:

• Stay inside your house if possible; avoid going outside and close all windows and doors
• Turn your air conditioner on as its filters can help keep your house clean
• Paper dust masks will prevent the inhalation of soot and ash but not smoke
• Avoid exercise.

‘If you have asthma or a lung condition and you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing please follow your asthma action plan,’ Mr Holman said.

‘If you are showing signs of a serious smoke inhalation injury you should be assessed immediately by a medical professional such as a paramedic or a GP.

‘Treatment will depend on the severity of the smoke inhalation.’

Victoria | Five people injured as Coburg blaze destroys two homes

Two houses in Coburg have been destroyed by fire, with several residents receiving treatment for smoke inhalation.

On Wednesday January 2 just after 4pm, MFB firefighters responded to a fire in Fowler Street, Coburg.

They arrived on scene to find a brick residence fully involved in fire. Three children and their father had evacuated from their home and were treated by Ambulance Victoria for minor smoke inhalation.  This home has been destroyed by fire.

Being of extremely close vicinity, the neighbouring house had also caught fire.  The lone male occupant self-evacuated and was attempting to extinguish the fire when crews arrived.

An aggressive firefighting attack by MFB firefighters stopped further spread of fire, but unfortunately, the fire had already entered the roof space and caused significant damage.

One MFB firefighter has received minor burns to his neck and was treated on scene by paramedics.

Eight MFB appliances attended the scene, with approximately 25 firefighters.
Specialist MFB Fire Investigators are currently on scene to determine the cause of the fire which is currently unknown.