Monday, 8 October 2012

High rise fire in Brighton

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a fire at a high rise block of flats in Brighton where a woman fell from a fifth floor window.

Four fire engines and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Preston Circus, Roedean and Hove attended the incident in Grove Hill, Brighton, on Saturday morning (6th October) at 11.35am.

A passer-by made the emergency 999 call to ESFRS after seeing the woman and smoke issuing from the building.

Incident Commander Chris Baker said:

“When we arrived we put in place a well-rehearsed standard operating procedure when attending a high rise fire.

“Some of the occupants had already self-evacuated but most residents remained in their flats and were re-assured by firefighters.

“Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and used one main jet to tackle the fire in the bedroom of the flat. The area where the fire originated was severely damaged and the remainder of the flat was untouched by the flames except for smoke damage.

“The Aerial Ladder Platform was used as an observation platform on the outside of the building to assess the extent of the fire. A dog was spotted inside the property and we got him in a harness and secured him to the balcony until the fire was out. Once the property had been ventilated we walked the dog down the stairs, which was then handed over to the police. We thought it would be less stressful for the dog to walk him down the route he’s familiar with rather than being carried down by a stranger.”

Following the incident crews spent time damping down and turning over to check for any hot spots and left the premises at 2.09pm. The woman who fell from the burning building was taken to hospital where she was treated. The incident is currently under investigation.

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