Friday, 29 June 2012

Children rescued from Brighton flat fire

Three children were rescued from a flat fire in Brighton last night (Thursday June 28th).

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received a call reporting the fire and people being trapped at 9.13pm, with the first fire crew arriving at the scene in Clarence Square at 9.17pm. Crews from Preston Circus and Hove fire stations, using four fire engines and an Aerial Ladder Platform, were sent to deal with the situation.

Five police officers had already gone into the building to attempt to rescue the occupants but were unable to do so because of the effects of smoke inhalation. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the top floor flat and brought out the three occupants, a boy aged four, and a girl and boy, both aged 14.

The three children and the five police officers, a Sergeant and four Constables, were treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for the effects of smoke inhalation. None of the firefighters were injured or required any treatment.

The cause of the fire, which was confined to the flat, has been investigated and is not being treated as suspicious. It is believed it may have started accidentally. The fire was declared as under control at 10.28pm.

Inspector Richard Delacour, Sussex Police, said: "Police and firefighters worked successfully together to ensure that the three were brought to safety and that nobody else was endangered."

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