12:53PM, Friday 15 January 2021
More than 30 firefighters descended on a block of flats in Dedworth this morning only to find out the property was being fumigated by a ‘flea bomb’.
Crews from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Sawyers Close at about 6am after residents heard smoke alarms going off in one of the flats.
Nobody was in the property when crews arrived but the occupant appeared with a key just before firefighters were due to force entry.
Crews discovered that a pest control ‘flea bomb’ had been set off in the property releasing a large amount of pesticide into the air.