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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Woman Rescued from House Fire in Burton

29/07/2011

Crews from Burton and Barton-under-Needwood were called to a house fire on Byrkley Street in Burton at 4.35pm yesterday.

"Whilst this man’s bravery cannot be ignored we must stress that we do not condone people entering properties on fire."

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan

Four people called Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to report the fire, as smoke could be seen coming from a window on the first floor of a terraced property.
 
A man living in the property had tried to access the bedroom where the fire was, as a woman was trapped in there, but was forced to leave the property due to the amount of smoke.

A passing bus driver saw the smoke and stopped his empty bus to try and help. He entered the property and managed to get upstairs to the woman then guided her outside.

On arrival, four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire, which has left the bedroom fire damaged and the rest of the house smoke logged.

East Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Dermot Hogan said: "There was a woman trapped in the bedroom which was on fire.

"A 51 year old bus driver then attempted to reach the woman and successfully reached the bedroom. Whilst this man’s bravery cannot be ignored we must stress that we do not condone people entering properties on fire - wait for the firefighters to arrive as they have the necessary equipment to safely carry out rescues.

"The bus driver was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and has since been discharged. The 49 year old woman remains at Queens Hospital."

The incident was closed at 6.15pm.