April 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Terrified residents took fire survival advice from an emergency operator as a fire ripped through their block of flats in Acton, west London.
Thirty-three people were eventually rescued from the blaze, which damaged a communal hallway in a block of flats in Newport Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.
People living in the flats stayed on the phone to control officers during the fire, who provided survival advice for staying as safe as possible.
Station Manager Gary Squires, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters and control officers did very well with this challenging incident, and the fire was brought under control quickly. There was a lot of black smoke in the corridor when we arrived.
“People did the right thing by staying in their flats until our crews were able to reach them. Purpose-built flats are designed to withstand fire for some time, and it would have been much more dangerous to go through the smoke-filled corridors to get out.�
Two women were treated on the scene for smoke inhalation and two others were taken to hospital to be treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.
Four fire engines went to the scene with 21 firefighters and officers from Acton, Chiswick, and Hammersmith fire stations.
The Brigade was called at 1.06am and the fire was under control at 2.34am
The cause of the fire is under investigation.