Pensioner saved from Great Yarmouth flat fire
AN 80-year-old man was rescued from his smoke-filled flat in Great Yarmouth after an oil pan caught alight.
Two fire engines set off from Yarmouth fire station to Herries Close at 9.15am this morning after receiving a call from the pensioner, who had called the service from his bed.
On reaching the scene, the team of ten set about forcing entry through the patio doors using a sledge hammer, with two in breathing apparatus rescuing the man from his bedroom.
Locked doors, for which a key could not be found, were then broken to ventilate the property.
Alan Jay, watch manager at Yarmouth fire station, said: 'The team brought him to an area of safety within the porch, which had fresh air, and we put him onto a spine board where he was then taken by ambulance to hospital.'
The small oil pan fire, which had started in a cooker in a kitchen, was put out using hose reel jets.
Mr Jay added: 'At the end of the day smoke will kill you eventually if you don't get out quick enough. He was definitely in harm's way.'
- 1 Body found in the sea at Great Yarmouth
- 2 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 3 Norwich firm part of growing number of businesses working four day weeks
- 4 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 5 Teenager died of injuries six days after crash
- 6 North Norfolk road closed with drivers asked to avoid area
- 7 Popular teacher, 55, died after falling down stairs, inquest hears
- 8 John Lewis CCTV footage leads to Norwich gun arrests
- 9 A year on: Tributes to teacher who died following tumour diagnosis
- 10 1920s bungalow up for sale in one of the Broads' most sought-after villages
At the time of going to press, the 80-year-old was said to be recovering at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.
Following the rescue, head of community safety at Norfolk Fire Service Stuart Horth put out an appeal to those who may be at risk.
'We don't want what happened today to happen again,' he said, 'and we've got real concerns at the moment because the people who have died in accidents or fires in their homes in the last five years have been old people frequently with some form of disability or medical condition.'
He asked for people in similar situations, or anyone who knew them, to contact the fire service for a free home fire risk check.
To get the free check, call Norfolk Fire Service on 0800 9178137 or go to www.norfolkfireservice.gov.uk.