Last updated: 01/08/2019, 3:32 PM

Firefighters rescue trapped man from house fire in New Cross

29/05/2019 15:45
House or flat fire

Firefighters rescued a man who was trapped inside a house fire on Lausanne Road in New Cross.

Part of the first floor of a semi-detached house was damaged by fire.  A smoke alarm alerted a woman to the bedroom fire and she shouted up to a man who was sleeping in an adjacent bedroom. The woman left the property with her dog and called the Brigade informing them that her son was trapped inside the house. 

The man was awakened by shouting and attempted to leave the room using the door but was forced to close it shut after he was confronted by thick heavy smoke.  He placed a call to 999 and was given vital information including placing towels at the bottom of the door to block the smoke.

On arrival firefighters were met outside by the woman and spotted the man at the front of a first floor window.

Firefighters rescued the man via a ladder and brought him down to safety.  He was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation by London Ambulance Service crews.

The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical fault in an extension lead.

The Brigade was called at 1545 and the fire was under control by 1654.  Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters from Old Kent Road, Greenwich, Dockhead and Deptford fire stations attended the scene.

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