Man rescued from flat fire by firefighters

Flat fire at Philip Larkin House, the Avenue, Bedford.
Flat fire at Philip Larkin House, the Avenue, Bedford.

A man was rescued by firefighters from a second storey window after a fire in a Bedford flat.

The rescue took place on Wednesday evening at about 8.45pm when fire control operators at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service took numerous 999 calls to report a fire in a flat at Philip Larkin House, in The Avenue, Bedford.

Three fire crews from Kemspton and Bedford had arrived at the scene, and fire officers were informed that someone was still inside the building. Firefighters placed a 9-metre ladder up against a second floor window and rescued a man who had been trapped by the smoke from the fire. After being rescued by firefighters the man was then given trauma care by paramedics at the scene.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus used two hose reels to bring the fire under control at 9.41pm. The fire caused extensive damage to one of the flats, and further smoke damage to the whole property.

Smoke was ventilated from the whole property and the British Red Cross volunteers attended with their Fire and Emergency Support Vehicle to provide another resident whose flat was filled with smoke with some temporary shelter, before being rehoused.

Fire crews carried out periodic inspections the following morning, and a fire investigation is underway.

BFRS Station Commander Alan Gayter, the incident commander said: “The crews that arrived at the scene were quickly able to assess the situation and identify exactly what needed to be done. Their swift actions helped to bring the man to safety and prevent the incident becoming more serious. The firefighters also brought a severe fire under control quickly, preventing further damage to the building.”