Woman is saved by Portsmouth firefighters in gas oven drama

Oxford Circus tube station has been closed after a police incident

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A WOMAN was evacuated from her home after leaving a gas cooker on in a suspected suicide attempt.

Fire crews from Southsea fire station were called to Clarendon Road just before midnight on Monday.

Firefighters entered the house where they found the oven had been left on, with gas coming out.

They opened doors and windows to let the gas escape.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: ‘We were called at 11.40pm.

‘On arrival we found a woman in her room with the hobs left on.

‘We think it might have been a suicide attempt.

‘We ventilated the house from the gas before leaving.’

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, watched events unfold.

He said: ‘There seemed to be a lot of emergency vehicles.

‘I could see a fire engine, an ambulance, ambulance cars, police cars and even a police van.

‘I thought something major must have happened to have so many cars out. The fire engine wasn’t there for very long, it didn’t look like much was going on.’

The woman – believed to be in her 40s – was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, for assessment.

Hampshire police, who also went to the scene, said no other homes needed to be evacuated and that the drama was ‘an isolated incident’.

Engineers from Southern Gas Network were called to check the area was safe.

Greg Clark, spokesman for SGN, said: ‘We can confirm there were no gas escapes in the Clarendon Road area.’