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Casualty saved from apartment fire

Fire engines from Worcester (x3), Malvern (x1) and Droitwich (x2) along with an Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) attended a serious top floor apartment fire. The fire was extinguished with 8 Firefighters in breathing apparatus, three hosereels and two safety jets used.

Fire crews also used their largest ladder to access and stabilise a male casualty who was trapped by a developing fire in the top floor flat. Crews in Breathing Apparatus committed to the building with hose reels and Thermal Imaging Cameras to perform firefighting and rescue operations to save the casualty within the property. One male casualty was rescued from the flat by Fire Service personnel and was taken by ambulance to hospital suffering the effects of fire, along with smoke inhalation.

Station Commander Toby Kempton from HWFRS said: “This was a particularly complex incident due to the nature and layout of the building. Although Fire Service personnel were greeted with a casualty shouting from a smoke filled top floor window, it quickly became apparent that the fire had significant potential for spread and further casualties were a possibility".

The Fire Service were faced with a serious life threatening and emotive situation. Station Commander Toby Kempton praised his Crews for their exceptional efforts and professionalism along with the early decision making of the first commander on scene, which undoubtedly contributed to saving the casualty and preventing significant fire spread.

Fire and smoke significantly damaged the flat but the cause is yet to be determined by the FRS 'Fire Investigation Team'.