Fire in Thanet flats: Five trapped people rescued

Five people have been rescued after being trapped by a fire in flats in Kent.

Fire crews were called to the three-storey building in Ethelbert Road, Cliftonville, Thanet, at 01:10 BST after a resident heard a smoke alarm.

Residents from the basement and ground floor had escaped but five people were trapped on the first floor.

Four people climbed out of windows on to balconies and were rescued by crews. A woman was saved from inside a flat.

Given oxygen

A spokesperson from Kent Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters had carried out a full search of the buildings and found a distressed woman, with her head out of a window struggling for air at the back of the smoke-logged property.

Firefighters managed to get her outside and gave her oxygen. She was then taken to hospital by paramedics.

Another man was also given oxygen.

Watch manager Paul Ward said: "Crews did an excellent job of getting into the property and pulling the woman to safety so quickly. Much longer and we could have been looking at a very different outcome."

The cause of the blaze is being investigated but it is believed to have started in an electrical cupboard in the communal hall.

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