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Shouts for help heard at scene of house fire

Shouts for help heard at scene of house fire

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:45pm 5th February 2020. (Updated at 9:37am 6th February 2020)

People are heard shouting for help as a house fire broke out in the centre of Plymouth.

Multiple 999 calls were made after a blaze broke out in a terraced flat on Oxford Street in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the windows and the roof.

Fire control started giving fire survival guidance over the phone to try and keep the residents as safe as possible until crews arrived.

Firefighters were drafted in from Greenbank, Camels Head, Crownhill, Plymstock, Ivybridge, Totnes and Bovey Tracey.

Three people were rescued from the property and treated by paramedics and rushed to hospital.

The blaze was brought until control just after 8am and three flats in total suffered severe damage from the flames and smoke.

"At 0435hrs crews confirmed 2 casualties had been rescued by fire personnel, with a further casualty rescued at 0445hrs. At this time crews were continuing to search the building for further casualties and confirmed at 0522hrs that all persons had been accounted for.

"Update as of 0700hrs - This incident is still ongoing and crews are making good and steady progress turning over and damping down, using 2 breathing apparatus wearers, 1 hose reel jet and a safety jet. All casualties, once rescued, were immediately taken in to the care of the ambulance service. The fire service are also working alongside the Police, Plymouth City Highways and a local authority building control officer to ensure scene and building safety, as well as investigating the cause of the fire, which has yet to be determined.  

"Final Update - This incident is now complete and was brought under control at 08:09hrs. This was a domestic property comprising of 3 flats over 3 floors. All 3 flats were severely damaged by fire and smoke. In total crews used 6 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reel jets, 2 safety jets, various ladders and safe working at heights equipment, together with thermal imaging equipment and positive pressure ventilation fans.

"Even though the fire has been extinguished a watching brief, carried out by a relief crew from Bere Alston, will remain in attendance for a period of time whilst fire investigation officers, from both the fire service and Police, continues to be carried out. All 3 occupants that were rescued were conveyed to hospital."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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