Brave officers rescue man from burning flat

Officers from Kensington and Chelsea who rescued a man from a burning flat have been praised for their heroic actions.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, 11 April, officers on patrol were flagged down in Roland Gardens, SW10 after a fire had broken out at a flat.

Officers forced entry to the property and rescued the male occupant who was unconscious inside the flat. There were no other people present.

London Fire Brigade attended and dealt with the blaze.

London Ambulance Service attended and the man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. His condition is not believed to be serious.

Four officers were also treated by London Ambulance Service for the effects of smoke inhalation – they have all now returned to duty.

Inspector Chris Downs of Kensington and Chelsea police said:

“These officers acted with great courage. Their quick thinking and heroic actions in entering a burning flat and rescuing the occupant have averted a potentially lethal situation.

“This incident demonstrates the bravery shown by police officers as they go about their daily business.”