Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Man rescued after fire in a communal stairwell

Dorchester End, Colchester
03/06/2021 @ 15:56
Incident Number: 145479
In attendance: 1 x Colchester, 1 x Brightlingsea, 1 x Wivenhoe, 1 x Clacton

Firefighters rescued a man after a fire in a communal stairwell in a block of flats in Colchester earlier today.;

On arrival, crews reported that the stairwell of a three storey block of flats was heavily smoke logged and rescued a man from inside.

Firefighters gave oxygen therapy to the man who suffered smoke inhalation and he was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Firefighters extinguished the fire by 4:20pm.

An investigation into the cause of the fire found it had been started deliberately.

Station Manager Danny Partridge, Incident Commander said: "Crews responded quickly to extinguish this fire and we'd like to thank the residents for their co-operation while we put this fire out."

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