Residents rescued from burning block of flats
Trapped residents were rescued from a burning block of flats by firefighters in South East Cornwall this afternoon.
Eight people called 999 after fire broke out in a block of flats in Liskeard at 3pm today - ampong them a man trapped in his burning flat.
Two fire appliances from Liskeard, one fire appliance from Looe and an aerial ladder platform from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service's Crownhill Fire Station were mobilised.
Upon arrival, 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 hosereels 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.
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 the effects of smoke inhalation and were treated by paramedics.
One of them was conveyed to hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure.
The fire was confirmed out by 3.40pm and a joint fire and police investigation has begun to determine the cause of the fire.