7.2.16 Fire fighters battle through thick black smoke to rescue man from blaze at hospital building in Tooting


A fire broke out at the two-storey building in Glenburnie Road, Tooting, at 6.57pm on Sunday 7th February 2016, with one man trapped.  The man was rescued from the first floor via an internal staircase. 

Three women escaped from the building before London Fire Brigade arrived and were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.   The man rescued by fire fighters and two of the women were taken to hospital for further treatment.

Station manager Andy Walton, who was at the scene, said: “When crews arrived they could see thick black smoke coming from the first floor of the building.  Two fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly made their way to the affected part of the building through thick smoke to rescue a man who was still inside.  They then returned to the room and extinguished the fire quickly, ensuring damage to the rest of the building was minimised.”

Part of the two storey building was damaged by fire.

Four fire engines and 21 fire fighters and officers from Tooting, Wimbledon and Clapham fire stations attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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