Fire tackled in fifth floor Bristol flat

Goodhind Street, Easton, Bristol

Firefighters have extinguished a fire which broke out on the fifth floor of high rise flats in Bristol.

Six fire engines, a turntable ladder and command vehicles were alerted after smoke was reported to be coming from a flat in the 17 storey building. Firefighters from Temple, Bedminster, Southmead, Hicks Gate, and Kingswood were sent to the incident where well-rehearsed plans to deal with fires in high rise buildings were immediately put in place.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the fire which was contained to the fifth floor flat. The turntable ladder was used as an observation platform during the incident. Fire damage was caused to the kitchen with the rest of the flat affected by smoke.

A man in his 90s is believed to have been rescued from this flat by three men who heard a smoke alarm sounding and broke down a front door before helping him to safety prior to firefighters arriving on scene. All four men were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation by the ambulance service at the scene. Firefighters also provided reassurance to other residents within the building. 

The fire is thought to have started accidentally as a result of cooking.

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