Elderly man taken to hospital following Weston flat fire

Bristol Road Lower, Weston-super-Mare

An elderly man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in the kitchen of his third floor flat.

Three fire engines from Weston-super-Mare Fire Station along with a fourth from Winscombe attended the incident in the block of flats.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus made their way to the top floor flat where two high pressure hose reels and a 45mm hose jet were used to bring the fire under control. The blaze caused some fire damage in the kitchen and extensive smoke damage throughout the rest of the flat.

The occupier, a man in his 70s, had escaped from his flat before crews arrived but had inhaled smoke from the fire. He was checked over by ambulance crews at the scene before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

Firefighters also walked to safety a lady from a neighbouring flat who had breathed in smoke which escaped into a communal corridor through the open front door. She was provided with a check-up at the scene but did not require further medical care.

The cause of the fire will be investigated.