Hero rescues woman and child from burning building

(London Fire Brigade/SWNS)


A terrified woman and child were rescued from a burning building, by a brave member of the public who climbed a builder’s ladder to reach them.

The have-a-go hero clambered up to the first floor window ledge of a flat on Sunday night to pull the mum and child from the blaze.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters were called to the blaze, which flared up in flats above a shops in Palmers Green, north London.

(London Fire Brigade/SWNS)
(London Fire Brigade/SWNS)

When they arrived they rescued a man suffering from smoke inhalation from the third floor of the four storey block, who was then rushed him to hospital.

By the time fire crews had arrived, shortly after 7:05pm, a further twenty people had already escaped.

Firefighters had to use an aerial ladder platform to reach the remaining people in the flats, and thankfully there were no further injuries.

(London Fire Brigade/SWNS)
(London Fire Brigade/SWNS)

Station Manager Claiton Murray, who was at the incident, said: “When the initial crews arrived they acted quickly to control the fire and worked extremely hard to limit the spread of the blaze as much as possible.”

The inferno damaged two flats on the third floor and left four further flats on the first and second floors with minor damage.

A spokesperson from London Fire Brigade said: “The Brigade was called at 19:05 and the fire was under control by 21:52.”


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