Video: Hero police officers save two people from an arson attack in Birmingham

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Police officers spotted a fierce fire in Birmingham while on firearms patrol

This is the dramatic moment hero police officers saved two people from a raging fire in Birmingham following a devastating arson attack.

Firearms cops had been on patrol when they spotted the fierce blaze on Villa Road, in Lozells, and alerted fire crews just before midnight.

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Body-cam footage shows the officers smashing their way into the neighbouring house before leading the occupants to safety as the flames quickly spread. One officer can be heard repeatedly shouting "fire, fire, get out, get out" while the inferno tore through the property next door. They also checked another property which was above the fire and thankfully found there was no one inside.

The courageous cops were checked over by paramedics at the scene with one going to hospital for further treatment for smoke inhalation. The blaze was extinguished by West Midlands Fire Service colleagues and detectives are now treating the incident as arson.

This is the dramatic moment hero police officers saved two residents from a raging fire following a devastating arson attack in Lozells, BirminghamThis is the dramatic moment hero police officers saved two residents from a raging fire following a devastating arson attack in Lozells, Birmingham
This is the dramatic moment hero police officers saved two residents from a raging fire following a devastating arson attack in Lozells, Birmingham | West Midlands Police / SWNS

Detective Sergeant David Newson, from Birmingham CID, said: "This fire had the potential to have really serious consequences. Thankfully, the quick-thinking response of the officers in the face of danger to themselves got the two residents to safety.

"We are working with our colleagues at WMFS Fire Investigation Team and would like to hear from local people as we try to build a picture of what has happened. Villa Road is a main route and we'd ask anyone who was driving along it between 11pm and midnight time, to take a look at any dashcam they may have, as it could hold vital evidence for our investigation."

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A West Midlands Police spokesperson added: "We're carrying out door-to-door enquiries and trawling local CCTV as we work to establish who is responsible, with neighbourhood teams aware for reassurance purposes. We'd ask anyone who has any information or dashcam footage from around midnight last night to get in touch."

Anyone with information or dashcam footage can contact the force via Live Chat online or call 101, quoting crime reference number 20/268432/24.