Man rescued from burning building in Winchester's Jewry Street

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  • Man rescued from burning building
  • He was hanging from balcony to escape smoke
  • Jewry Street closed causing traffic problems in Winchester
  • Ambulance treat two people at the scene
  • Businesses waiting to find out when they can return

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Echo reader 'Charlotte' sent us these photos showing the smoke in Winchester earlier today.

Daily Echo: Fire in top floor flat Jewry street

Daily Echo: Fire in top floor flat Jewry street

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This video was taken earlier today from the scene.

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Fire officials are now inside the top floor flat above the Wine Depot off-licence investigating the extent of the damage.

Business owners have gathered in the Discovery Centre and are waiting to be told when it will be safe to return to the building.

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Fire crews earlier today as they battled to get the fire under control. Photo by Gilbert Yates.

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The door hangs from the balcony below where the man escaped.

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One witness who called emergency services told the Daily Echo how he battled smoke.

He said: "There was smoke coming through the door, I tried to open the door and when I opened it all the smoke came out so I went back downstairs and called the police."

 

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The fire is now out, thanks to the efforts of two fire engines from Winchester, two from Alresford and engines from Basingstoke and Eastleigh.

Firefighter James Locke, said: "They have just put out the last bits of fire. Some of it got up into the roof.

"The crew broke in through the roof. We should be out of here within an hour or two."

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Emergency services at the scene.

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This photo from reporter Charlotte Neal shows the fire crews on the scene.

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The ambuance service treated two people at the scene.

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Daily Echo: Jewry Street today. Photo by Rady Gianella

Photo by Rady Gianella

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Witness, Alice Mitchell, 22, of Monks Road, said: "It was pretty dramatic. Lots of billowing smoke.

There was a man on his balcony waiting for the fire services t help him down.

"He looked terrified and he had no shoes on. He obviousl;y got out as quick as he could."

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Passers by said they saw smoke billowing from the top floor windows.

Harriet Hurrell, of Weeke, said: "I drove passed about twenty minutes ago and there was thick black smoke but no fire engines at all."

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Daily Echo: Crowds watching the fire in Winchester

Crowds gather to watch the unfolding drama.

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A riot van held off traffic at the top of St George Street and police have confirmed this was because it was the most immediate unit available, explaining why there were armed officers on the scene.

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Six appliances tackled the fire in a property on Jewry Street opposite the Theatre Royal after they were told of a man trapped in the building.

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A police officer said a block of four flats were affected by the blaze.

Only one man was inside at the time.

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The Fire Service have now managed to rescue the man who was hanging from the building, but the road remains closed.

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Liam Hill, 25, of Alfresford was driving past when he saw the smoke.

"I saw some bloke on the balcony at the front of the shop. There was smoke billowing out.

"He looked very distressed, clinging to the side of the balcony.

"Emergency services were here in seconds."

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The scene in Jewry St.

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This dramatic photo was captured by Twitter user @CalWat, showing the trapped person hanging out the front of the building as they try and escape the smoke.

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Armed police are also on the scene.

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The emergency has led to the blocking of Jewry Street, a key street in the Winchester one-way system instantly causing gridlock though the city centre.

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Four appliances are outside the building on Jewry Street opposite the Theatre Royal. Police and ambulances have also been called.

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FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a fire in a Winchester city centre building following reports of a person trapped inside this afternoon.

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3:46pm Mon 13 Jan 14

southy says...

Why the arm police at the scene
Why the arm police at the scene southy

3:49pm Mon 13 Jan 14

bluecougar says...

Maybe they thought it could be terrorists, so they are armed,
Maybe they thought it could be terrorists, so they are armed, bluecougar

4:16pm Mon 13 Jan 14

dango says...

southy wrote:
Why the arm police at the scene
because they were the closest available unit. Story may have been updated since your post, Pete.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why the arm police at the scene[/p][/quote]because they were the closest available unit. Story may have been updated since your post, Pete. dango

4:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

dango says...

fire crews are certainly earning their pay in Winchester today :/
fire crews are certainly earning their pay in Winchester today :/ dango

4:20pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Why the arm police at the scene
This whole scenario was probably set up by Masons and the armed police are there to finish off any survivors...
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why the arm police at the scene[/p][/quote]This whole scenario was probably set up by Masons and the armed police are there to finish off any survivors... Shoong

4:22pm Mon 13 Jan 14

sotonwinch09 says...

Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.
Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story. sotonwinch09

4:28pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ToastyTea says...

Haven't the crowd of morons got better things to do then just standing there gawping.
Haven't the crowd of morons got better things to do then just standing there gawping. ToastyTea

4:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ciaran says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.
Because armed police don't normally turn up for things like this.

Generally, they're only out when something serious is in offing.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.[/p][/quote]Because armed police don't normally turn up for things like this. Generally, they're only out when something serious is in offing. Ciaran

4:44pm Mon 13 Jan 14

MPOV says...

There goes the Daily Echo again, sensationalising everything. The police were armed... a 'riot van'. FFS, they are police officers who are there to protect us, help us and uphold the law. They attend any serious incident they are close to if available. A van is a van, get a grip!
There goes the Daily Echo again, sensationalising everything. The police were armed... a 'riot van'. FFS, they are police officers who are there to protect us, help us and uphold the law. They attend any serious incident they are close to if available. A van is a van, get a grip! MPOV

4:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

sotonwinch09 says...

Ciaran wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.
Because armed police don't normally turn up for things like this.

Generally, they're only out when something serious is in offing.
Incorrect. Armed police are on patrol 24/7 in Hampshire. They would have been patrolling nearby when the fire started.
[quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.[/p][/quote]Because armed police don't normally turn up for things like this. Generally, they're only out when something serious is in offing.[/p][/quote]Incorrect. Armed police are on patrol 24/7 in Hampshire. They would have been patrolling nearby when the fire started. sotonwinch09

4:59pm Mon 13 Jan 14

sotonwinch09 says...

It was not a riot van Echo. It was a Mercedes Sprinter. It probably would be used if a riot broke out yes but there was no riot. It is just a normal police van that Winchester officers use for transporting prisoners. Starting to sound like the Daily Mail with over exaggerating police presence.
It was not a riot van Echo. It was a Mercedes Sprinter. It probably would be used if a riot broke out yes but there was no riot. It is just a normal police van that Winchester officers use for transporting prisoners. Starting to sound like the Daily Mail with over exaggerating police presence. sotonwinch09

5:06pm Mon 13 Jan 14

MPOV says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
It was not a riot van Echo. It was a Mercedes Sprinter. It probably would be used if a riot broke out yes but there was no riot. It is just a normal police van that Winchester officers use for transporting prisoners. Starting to sound like the Daily Mail with over exaggerating police presence.
Yep, a Mercedes Sprinter van that has the ability to protect its windows with metal mesh, if needed. IT'S A VAN!!!

Why are most of the police officers stood around with no hats and their hands in their pockets?? Scruffy bunch...
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: It was not a riot van Echo. It was a Mercedes Sprinter. It probably would be used if a riot broke out yes but there was no riot. It is just a normal police van that Winchester officers use for transporting prisoners. Starting to sound like the Daily Mail with over exaggerating police presence.[/p][/quote]Yep, a Mercedes Sprinter van that has the ability to protect its windows with metal mesh, if needed. IT'S A VAN!!! Why are most of the police officers stood around with no hats and their hands in their pockets?? Scruffy bunch... MPOV

5:10pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ciaran says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Ciaran wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.
Because armed police don't normally turn up for things like this.

Generally, they're only out when something serious is in offing.
Incorrect. Armed police are on patrol 24/7 in Hampshire. They would have been patrolling nearby when the fire started.
Okay, let me elaborate - as percentage, how many police incidents do you see armed police at in Hampshire?

It's unusual. It doesn't happen often - so it gets reported when it does happen.

The DE said long before your comments that the armed police were there because they were the nearest unit available, so you're not exactly breaking new ground with your info.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.[/p][/quote]Because armed police don't normally turn up for things like this. Generally, they're only out when something serious is in offing.[/p][/quote]Incorrect. Armed police are on patrol 24/7 in Hampshire. They would have been patrolling nearby when the fire started.[/p][/quote]Okay, let me elaborate - as percentage, how many police incidents do you see armed police at in Hampshire? It's unusual. It doesn't happen often - so it gets reported when it does happen. The DE said long before your comments that the armed police were there because they were the nearest unit available, so you're not exactly breaking new ground with your info. Ciaran

5:13pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Zootopian says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
It was not a riot van Echo. It was a Mercedes Sprinter. It probably would be used if a riot broke out yes but there was no riot. It is just a normal police van that Winchester officers use for transporting prisoners. Starting to sound like the Daily Mail with over exaggerating police presence.
Watch out. Boring van geek pedant alert.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: It was not a riot van Echo. It was a Mercedes Sprinter. It probably would be used if a riot broke out yes but there was no riot. It is just a normal police van that Winchester officers use for transporting prisoners. Starting to sound like the Daily Mail with over exaggerating police presence.[/p][/quote]Watch out. Boring van geek pedant alert. Zootopian

5:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Charlie Bucket says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.
Welcome to southyland.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.[/p][/quote]Welcome to southyland. Charlie Bucket

5:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Shoong says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.
It's not relevant, much like he who posted it...
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Why does it matter if armed police are there? I don't see how this features as a key piece of news for this story.[/p][/quote]It's not relevant, much like he who posted it... Shoong

5:25pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Why the arm police at the scene
This whole scenario was probably set up by Masons and the armed police are there to finish off any survivors...
Definitely got a right wing/Mason-ey feel to it, this. No doubt a capitalist move to make more money by closing down all the businesses or something.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why the arm police at the scene[/p][/quote]This whole scenario was probably set up by Masons and the armed police are there to finish off any survivors...[/p][/quote]Definitely got a right wing/Mason-ey feel to it, this. No doubt a capitalist move to make more money by closing down all the businesses or something. Charlie Bucket

5:33pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Shoong says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Why the arm police at the scene
This whole scenario was probably set up by Masons and the armed police are there to finish off any survivors...
Definitely got a right wing/Mason-ey feel to it, this. No doubt a capitalist move to make more money by closing down all the businesses or something.
Indeed.

Fortunately that end of Jewry street is virtually all delicatessens so they should do a fantastic trade tonight.

Bacon rolls are quacking in fear as we speak.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why the arm police at the scene[/p][/quote]This whole scenario was probably set up by Masons and the armed police are there to finish off any survivors...[/p][/quote]Definitely got a right wing/Mason-ey feel to it, this. No doubt a capitalist move to make more money by closing down all the businesses or something.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Fortunately that end of Jewry street is virtually all delicatessens so they should do a fantastic trade tonight. Bacon rolls are quacking in fear as we speak. Shoong

11:31am Tue 14 Jan 14

southy says...

dango wrote:
southy wrote:
Why the arm police at the scene
because they were the closest available unit. Story may have been updated since your post, Pete.
Its a running up date dango, but its a sad state affairs when armed police are used or was it just the riot squad
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why the arm police at the scene[/p][/quote]because they were the closest available unit. Story may have been updated since your post, Pete.[/p][/quote]Its a running up date dango, but its a sad state affairs when armed police are used or was it just the riot squad southy

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