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7:01am 2nd January 2013

A man has dialled 999 to say he was trapped on the top floor of a burning block of flats in Liskeard.

Two people have been rescued from Bodgara Way after the blaze on Tuesday afternoon.

Crews from the town called in back up from Looe, Bodmin and Plymouth.

Operators at fire control in Truro stayed on the line to the trapped man, giving him survival advice, after the fire spread from the hall way.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: "Upon arrival, the first crew from Liskeard immediately requested a further fire appliance, which was sent from Bodmin and it was confirmed that persons were trapped. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hosereels to extinguish the fire located in the hallway and staircase on the top floor landing of the block of flats, consisting of three floors and a basement, measuring 20 metres by 15 metres.

"Firefighters reassured two people trapped on the top floor and when the fire was extinguished and smoke cleared, they were led to safety. The two casualties along with a passer-by, who had entered the building to help, were suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation and were treated by paramedics. One of them was conveyed to hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure."

A joint fire and police investigation has begun to determine the cause of the fire.

7:01am 2nd January 2013

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