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Man rescued from Banbury house fire

An elderly man is in hospital after being rescued from a fire at his Banbury home.

Firefighters had to force their way into the house on Miller Road early this morning.

The man was found unconscious with 35% burns to his body.

He was alert by the time he was taken to hospital.

Investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. Early indications are this is most likely due to falling asleep with a cigarette.  

Crew Manager Knibbs said “The fire service was alerted to this incident by a neighbour whose smoke alarm was sounding, and had awoken him. This highlights the importance of having working smoking alarms in your property” 

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