Watch: Dramatic moment police rescue people from burning building in Birmingham
Police run into a burning building in Kitts Green in Birmingham which went on fire on Thursday (June 15)
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Dramatic body-cam footage shows the moment three brave police officers ran into a burning building to rescue residents from inside.
Emergency services were called when the blaze broke out at a block of flats in Lea Village, Kitts Green, Birmingham at around 4am on Thursday (June, 15). Officers on patrol in the nearby area were first on the scene and helped to get eight people safely out from the building as the flames took hold.
Footage captured the moment the heroic officers searched through the premises as it filled with thick black smoke. A male officer can be seen banging on doors to wake residents up while a female cop shouts “There’s a fire, out please.”
She can be seen making her way up flights of stars as the fire tears through the block of flats telling her colleagues: “There’s more upstairs.” After clearing the building, they notice one woman is still in her room downstairs and run back in to rescue her with the building now fully ablaze.
Partner agencies were called in to make the scene safe and allow those displaced to later return to their homes. The force said it was working with the fire service to investigate the cause of the blaze, but at this stage they believe it was not started deliberately.
Birmingham Superintendent Dave Twyford said: “Without a thought for their own safety, these officers placed themselves at great risk in order to save lives. Their courage, professionalism and calmness when faced with significant danger is to their credit.
“Thankfully no-one was seriously injured and we’re grateful to our colleagues at West Midlands Fire Service for their support and swift work getting the fire under control.”