Investigation after New Year's Day fire saw residents rescued
POLICE and fire chiefs are investigating a blaze which saw a number of people – including a mother and baby – trapped in a block of flats.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service received several calls just after 3pm on New Year’s Day amid a fire in a hallway of the Bodgara Flats in Liskeard.
One of the 999 calls came from a man who was kept on the line, receiving fire survival guidance from a Truro-based fire control operator.
Two appliances from Liskeard, one each from Bodmin and Looe and an aerial ladder platform from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s Crownhill Fire Station were mobilised.
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A spokesman for the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “The first crew from Liskeard immediately requested a further fire appliance, which was sent from Bodmin and it was confirmed that persons were trapped.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose-reels to extinguish the fire located in the hallway and staircase on the top floor landing of the block of flats, consisting of three floors and a basement, measuring 20 metres by 15 metres.
“Firefighters reassured two people trapped on the top floor and when the fire was extinguished and smoke cleared, they were led to safety.
“The two casualties along with a passer-by, who had entered the building to help, were suffering from smoke inhalation and were treated by paramedics.
“One of them was conveyed to hospital by ambulance as a precaution.”
The South Western Ambulance Service sent its Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene, where paramedics treated a mother and baby before both were taken to Derriford Hospital for checks. Firefighters had extinguished the fire by 3.40pm.
A joint fire and police investigation is being carried out to determine its cause.