Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-02

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6 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 News Fast-acting fire crews ‘saved lives’ The aftermath of Thursday’s fire in Wickham Place, Fleet, revealed the extent of the damage at the residentia­l block Some residents managed to escape before firefighte­rs arrived, while others had to be rescued via a ladder from their windows. One resident, though, was given “fire survival advice” by the service’s control room and firefighte­rs at the scene after they were initially unable to exit. Pictures from the scene show a large presence of emergency services tackling the fire, as well as severe damage to the burnt out building in the aftermath of the incident. A Facebook post from Fleet Fire Station described the “clearly distressin­g scene” in detail. By JAMIE PHILLIPS @JPhillips_SJ FLEET FIRE STATION FIREFIGHTE­RS “saved people’s lives” after a huge fire broke out at a residentia­l apartment block in Fleet. It includes the life of one occupant who had become trapped in the “severe fire” and had to be given critical safety advice in order to escape the burning building. A number of crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, with the assistance of other emergency services, attended the incident in Wickham Place at around 9pm on Thursday (August 27). standing back and allowing us to do our job safely in what was a clearly distressin­g scene for all”. Paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service and officers from Hampshire Constabula­ry also attended along with the British Red Cross, Hart emergency planning, Vivid Housing and the electricit­y board. It is not yet known whether anyone suffered injuries. shared with the crews as they responded. This gave the crews critical informatio­n to start planning their actions en route. “Some occupants had evacuated prior to our arrival but crews rescued some members of the public via a ladder from their windows. “These incidents, thankfully, are few and far between but the actions of the crews last night saved lives. A huge thank you to the public for It said: “Last night we were called to a persons reported fire in Wickham Place, this was a severe fire that required multiple fire engines from Basingstok­e Fire Station, Hartley Wintney Fire Station, Rushmoor Fire Station, Odiham Fire Station, Liphook Fire Station, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and other resources. “Our control room provided fire survival advice to one occupant that was trapped, this informatio­n was PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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