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Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man from a fire at a hospital building on Glenburnie Road in Tooting, yesterday evening.
The man was rescued from the first floor via an internal staircase. He and three other women who left the building before the arrival of the Brigade were suffering smoke inhalation . They were treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service, before the man and two of the women were taken to hospital for further treatment.
Part of the two floor building was damaged by fire.
Station Manager Andy Walton who was at the scene, said: “When crews arrived they could see thick black smoke coming from the first floor of the building. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly made their way to the affected part of the building through thick smoke to rescue a man who was still inside. They then returned to the room and extinguished the fire quickly, ensuring damaged to the rest of the building was minimised.”
Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from Tooting, Wimbledon and Clapham fire stations attended the incident.
The Brigade was called at 1857 and the fire was under control at 2007. The cause of the fire is under investigation.