Vital fire survival guidance information relayed by control to firefighters helped to safely rescue two adults and a dog from a flat fire on Ringwold Close in Beckenham.
A man and a woman could not escape from the flat due to the blaze. They called 999 and were given fire survival information by Control Officers for them to remain inside the room and that firefighters were on their way.
Beckenham Watch Manager Shane Samways said:
“We were given information by Control while we were on our way to the scene which meant we knew exactly where the residents were inside the property. Firefighters acted quickly to extinguish the fire and rescue the people inside. We used fire escape hoods to help evacuate people through the smoke. The hoods will provide members of the public with up to 15 minutes protection from four of the main fire gases (carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen chloride and acrolein).”
Firefighters also rescued a dog from the flat. The two people were suffering from smoke inhalation and taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
The Brigade was called at 0255 and the fire was under control by 0255. Fire crews from Beckenham, Forest Hill and Woodside fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Police.