Flat fire rescue
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was alerted to the incident just before 6pm by a man from the flat who was able to get out and raise the alarm. Crews from Evesham, Pebworth and Pershore attended, with the first crew arriving at the Hemmingway flat within minutes. They were confronted with a well-developed fire in the ground floor flat and one woman reportedly still inside.
With two firefighters in breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet used, the woman was quickly located inside the flat, brought out and given emergency first aid by firefighters until paramedics arrived at the scene. The woman was then taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Watch Commander Russell Broadbent from HWFRS explained: “Crews were faced with some very difficult conditions but worked quickly and effectively to rescue the woman. The intensity of the fire meant that access through the front door wasn’t possible, and so firefighters had to break the glass in a front window and gain entry that way. The woman was then rescued through the back of the property.”
He confirmed that the woman was brought out of the flat less than ten minutes after the initial call to the Fire Service, and then conveyed to hospital by air ambulance a short while later. She remains in hospital this morning in a stable condition.
The man who raised the alarm was also checked by paramedics at the scene but is not believed to have required treatment. There was severe fire damage in the living room of the flat following the blaze and extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the property.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.