North East Wales

Thirteen taken to hospital after Rhyl flats fire rescue

Property in Water Street, Rhyl
Image caption Residents were evacuated from the property in Water Street, Rhyl, early on Boxing Day

Thirteen people were taken to hospital after being helped by firefighters from a blaze at flats in Denbighshire in the early hours of Monday.

A joint police and fire service investigation is under way into the fire at Water Street, Rhyl, after the alarm was raised at 01:28 GMT.

Some of those evacuated were treated for smoke inhalation, but there were no serious injuries.

The cause of the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

North Wales fire service said the blaze was on the ground floor of the three-storey property, and the occupants on the first and second floors were trapped.

Fire crews using breathing apparatus tackled the blaze and 13 people were led to safety from the premises.

North Wales Police said the fire was in a multi-occupancy property.

Medical treatment

"As a result of the examination of the scene of the fire today by the police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, we're satisfied the cause of the fire is not suspicious," said Supt Andy Jenks-Gilbert.

"A number of residents were evacuated from the building, some of whom were given medical treatment for smoke inhalation, but fortunately nobody was seriously hurt."

Two fire appliances from Rhyl and one from Prestatyn attended the incident, and an aerial ladder platform from Rhyl was also used.

The blaze was believed to have started on a carpet.

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