Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Fire crews rescue woman from city centre blaze

Fire crews rescued a woman from a flat fire in Barton Street, Gloucester following a suspected arson.

Two crews from Gloucester North and one from Gloucester South community fire stations were called to the blaze at 4.21am today after smoke was spotted coming from the building.

On being told someone was trapped on the second floor of the property, firefighters entered the building and rescued a woman, who was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene before being taken to hospital.

The fire, which was very smoky and involved stored mattresses and bags of clothes, was contained by firefighters to the basement of the property. It was put out and crews left the scene at around 5.30am.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by fire investigation officers and Gloucestershire Police.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "By acting quickly but professionally our fire crews may well have saved a life today. It is vital we attend emergencies such as these as quickly as possible to stop fires spreading, so I would ask residents to continue to be vigilant because every second counts."

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, added:"It's a relief that this fire was tackled quickly to avoid a much bigger blaze and that firefighters were on the scene immediately to ensure no lives were lost here today."

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Issued by:Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425226

30th July 2013