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Dog rescued by firefighters after New Addington flat fire

06/02/2017 08:39
House or flat fire

Firefighters rescued a dog this morning after a fire broke out at a block of flats in Betchworth Way in New Addington.

The dog, called Gizmo, was brought to safety by fire crews wearing breathing apparatus and was given oxygen after suffering smoke inhalation. Gizmo was then taken to the vets for a precautionary check up by his owner.

Part of a flat on the third floor of the building was damaged by fire. 

Station manager Graeme Hunter, who was at the scene, said: “Crews had to force entry into the property and were able to rescue the occupier’s pet dog and bring him to safety before administering oxygen.

“The alarm was raised by a neighbour who called the Brigade. Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but it shows the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home. 

"Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and the safest option is have those linked together. This will give you the earliest warning if there is a fire in your home."

The Brigade was called at 0839 and the fire was under control at 0953. Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters and officers from Addington, Biggin Hill and Woodside fire stations attended the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.