Frightened residents had to be
rescued from a block of flats in Bulkington yesterday after flames
filled the stairwell.
People on the upper floors of
the three-storey building in Winterton Road were unable to escape as the
flames ravaged through the building at 2.15pm.
One woman was rescued by a
neighbour Andrew Flanagan, who rushed a ladder to the window when he saw
her crying for help.
Fire crews from Bedworth,
Nuneaton and Foleshill in Coventry also were called to help with the
rescue operation, as it was not clear how many people were in the flats.
One other person had to be
rescued by ladder from the front of the building, and two others were
saved from the rear.
Firefighters wearing breathing
apparatus had to break down the doors of flats in the building to make
sure that no-one was trapped inside.
Two of the flats were found to
be empty and everyone was accounted for.
Those who were saved were
treated by fire and ambulance crews for minor smoke inhalation and
shock. No-one needed hospital treatment.
The people from the flats were
given help by the Fire Support Unit as they began the hunt for somewhere
else to stay.
The fire started in ground-floor
storage room at the bottom of the communal stairs and quickly spread up
It took fire crews an hour to
bring the flames under control. Investigations into its cause are still
continuing, but police said they were treating it as suspicious.
with any information about the fire should call DC Trevor Clark at
Bedworth CID on 01926 415000.