September 05, 2010
A 19-month-old toddler was taken to hospital yesterday afternoon after fire in her Whitley home.
Neighbours’ homes were evacuated for about an hour while firefighters put out the small blaze in an oxygen cylinder which was used for medical purposes.
They took it out into the garden to cool it off.
Crews from Wokingham Road and Dee Road fire stations were called to the house in Whitley Wood Road at about 12.50pm.
The little girl was taken to hospital because she had a pre-existing medical condition which required oxygen.
Her mother suffered slight burns to her hands.
Wokingham Road watch manager Phil Holdford He said: “We don’t know how the fire started. We are investigating that. It is unusual for a fire to start in an oxygen cylinder.”