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Flat fire - two people rescued

St Johns Road, Clacton
06/11/2018 @ 23:05
Incident Number: 89697
In attendance: 2 x Clacton, 1 x Weeley


Firefighters were called to a fire in a flat above a shop in Clacton last night (Tuesday 7 November).

When crews arrived they reported that one of the occupants was still in the flat. Crews immediately pitched a ladder to the first floor window and rescued the occupant. The other occupant, a child, had already been lowered out of the window and caught by two people who were nearby and saw the fire. They also tried to tackle to the fire with a fire extinguisher at the front door before the fire crews arrived.

Crews then entered the flat and quickly extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to the room where it started, but the rest of the property has suffered smoke damage.

The cause of the fire was found to be accidental.

Watch Manager Ruben Frost, Clacton Fire Station said:

"The actions of these members of the public were truely selfless. When they saw the fire they tried to tackle it with a fire extinguisher. Once it was clear that the occupants couldnt get out of the flat they also helped to rescue the child by catching them after being lowered out of the window. These two people were incredibly brave and selflessly did everything we could to help the occupants of the flat.

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