Badly parked vehicles prevent fire engine from reaching scene of house fire

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Firefighters are urging drivers to "Think Before You Park" after they were unable to reach a house fire this morning (Wednesday, 9th October) due to badly parked vehicles.

A spokesperson said "Charlie Watch we're unable to reach the scene of a house fire this morning due to badly parked vehicles. Firefighters had to dismount and run 70m with hoses to the property Luckily the fire was contained to a cooking pan."

At around 11.45am firefighters were called reports of a fire at a house in Clough Avenue, Wilmslow.

On arrival the crews discovered a small fire in the kitchen that had been caused by cooking food having been left unattended. No-one was unaccounted for.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the kitchen and removed the cooking from the house. They also extinguished the fire with a hose reel jet.

Once the fire was out firefighters used a large fan to clear smoke from the house.

Firefighters also gave an occupier medical attention before handing them over to the care of paramedics.

Firefighters were in attendance for nearly an hour.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Peter Hallmark
Friday 11th October 2019 at 5:03 pm
If a car is badly parked and obstructing a fire engine on an emergency call then the solution is simple. Smash the window in and push it out of the way.
David Smith
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 10:52 am
Well said Peter. Another option is to fix towing gear and drag it out of the way. Any damage to the car is tough **** and no claim against a vital public service is allowed. Insurance companies to be informed and any claim for damages to be refused. The police informed and a fixed fine of £500 implemented as well as 20 points on the driver’s licence.
This is all as a result of motorists being allowed to park for too long now anywhere they like for as long as they wish and sod the rest of us. All blame belongs to our councillors, Cheshire East and the police for doing NOTHIG - for far too long. Had people died in this house fire what then? How many wake-up calls to common sense do the muppets who run our lives need in order to make changes that benefit us all?
David Hadfield
Thursday 17th October 2019 at 3:54 pm
Well said Peter Hallmark and very well said David Smith
David Smith
Saturday 19th October 2019 at 8:59 am
How many do you think have read this article?
Yet only 3 of us feel strong enough to voice an opinion!
My comment to those who haven’t voiced an opinion is -
“what makes you think that parked cars down your road will not prevent emergency services [ambulance as well as fire] from attending YOUR property when required? When it’s YOUR turn to need help DON’T come whining with a tale of woe when your life is devastated by loss of life or property.
Jon Williams
Saturday 19th October 2019 at 9:39 am
If that fire engine needed to get any closer to the house, it would have, no point damaging vehicles unless you have a serious risk situation.
Sandra Cox
Saturday 19th October 2019 at 4:58 pm
David Smith: There are more comments on this subject on the website but I do not think few comments necessarily reflect parking apathy. I had not commented though I live in a narrow private road and selfish parking by builders' vans from 8am to 5pm over many years together with delivery and demolition lorries to houses being redeveloped, has been at times beyond stressful and made access dangerous, impossible and caused damage to our property with no one taking responsibility. It becomes a way of life (at times making life not worth living). So many people just have no care for others and adopt a couldn't-care-less attitude if politely asked to move their vehicles. I don't know how that can be changed.
Nina Hindley
Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at 8:41 pm
Well said, Jon Williams. Chill out dudes