Milton Keynes Council has provided a statement after a small fire at a Bletchley tower block recently ruled unsafe for fire.

The Mellis Court tower block in Bletchley was one of two blocks in Milton Keynes ruled as having fire safety issues following a recent inspection, along with The Gables in Wolverton. As part of the audit, MK Council confirmed a 24-hour fire warden service was being introduced at the property.

The Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service have confirmed that crews were in attendance after a pan fire in a first-floor kitchen at around 11:45pm last night (22/10).

The fire service confirmed that two appliances and crews from West Ashland, one from Broughton and an officer attended. Firefighters used one hose reel and two sets of breathing apparatus.

Further appliances at nearby West Ashland, Broughton, Newport Pagnell and Woburn stations were initially mobilised, along with the Command and Control Unit from Aylesbury, but ultimately not required.

In a statement, Milton Keynes Council said, “Thank you to emergency response services who attended a small incident at Mellish Court yesterday evening. 

“There were no injuries. Wardens raised the alarm and were on hand to advise residents before Bucks Fire & Rescue Service arrived to deal with the small cooking related fire. The resident was able to return to the flat shortly after.

“Council colleagues are at Mellish Court this morning speaking with residents. Last week, the council implemented 24/7 wardens at the building and is working closely with Bucks Fire & Rescue Service to ensure the continued safety of all residents.

“We ask all tenants to take sensible safety precautions, such as being careful when cooking, smoking, using candles and cooperating with fire safety measures.”