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Neighbours help elderly escape from flat fire off Caledonian Road

Twenty firefighters attend fire on Sunday morning at the Bemerton Estate

30 October, 2017

Credit: Emma Yeomans 

NEIGHBOURS helped each other escape from a small fire in a block of flats off Caledonian Road on Sunday morning.

Four fire engines with 20 firefighters from Islington, Euston, Holloway and Kentish Town dealt with the flat fire in the Bemerton Estate in Earlsferry Way.

“There was a man running up and down shouting to get people out. He went into the flats and helped elderly and disabled people get out,” said local resident Emma Yeomans, 21.

“The fire brigade got it out very quickly. There was no panic but people were very shaken.

“There was really a lot of smoke. I think that’s why so many people were standing there. There were visible orange flames going up the building and it looked very bad,” said Ms Yeomans.

The fire brigade were called at 10:31 am and the fire was put under control by 11:12am.

Half of a ground floor and first floor split level maisonette was damaged by fire while three people in the affected property left before the fire service arrived. They were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics alongside their neighbours.

The London Fire Brigade is treating the fire as accidental.

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