Eleven people rescued from blaze in York Close in Northam area of Southampton

Dramatic rescue from Southampton flats fire

Dramatic rescue from Southampton flats fire

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ELEVEN people were rescued after a fire ripped through a Southampton flat this morning.

One person was taken to hospital after blaze in the city.

Daily Echo:

Eight appliances attended the blaze at the low rise block in York Close, Northam, at around 2.10am.

Firefighters described flames shooting out of the windows as crews entered to rescue people trapped in their homes.

An elevated platform was used to rescue two residents while four more were carried down on ladders.

Some residents away from immediate danger were told to stay in their flats out of the way on their balconies while the firefighters went in.Daily Echo:

Now plans are being made to move affected residents into new homes.

The city council confirmed it was looking after six adults and two children from five flats and working on re-housing them.

A spokesman said: “Our officers are working to gather details of the affected residents at the scene, and our Homelessness service has assembled a team to find options for accommodating these residents.

“Six adults and two children are known to have been directly affected by the incident and are being looked after by our services while we find suitable alternative accommodation for those affected.”

One couple were taken to the Civic Centre by taxi and looked after by the Homelessness team until a hotel room could be arranged.

It is understood the rest will be put up in hotels and B&Bs while the council works on finding new homes.

The spokesman also confirmed a housing manager was on site at 4.30am, followed by building surveyors, electricians and other tradesmen brought in to assess and clear the building.

St Mary's Fire Station crew manager Richard O'Brien, who was one of the first at the scene, said: “It was a well-developed fire by the time we arrived and there were flames coming out of the windows.

“Luckily the residents all did as they were told and did not panic. They were very calm and that made the whole job a lot easier.

“It must have only been taken around 10 minutes to put it out but it felt a lot longer.”

South Central Ambulance Service also attended, sending two ambulances, two rapid response vehicles and a hazardous area team while one patient was taken to Southampton General.

But crew manager O'Brien added there were no serious injuries but one flat had been destroyed by the fire on the top floor and three others sustained smoke damage.

Meanwhile five jets and 24 breathing apparatus were used by firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

Two from St Mary's fire station were joined by two from Hightown, one from Redbridge, two from Eastleigh and one from Totton.

A resident in a neighbouring block, who asked not to be named, said it was "very scary" to see a flat on fire.

She said: "We have a lot of gas going into these buildings and I was worried that could explode. I was just glad everyone got out alright, especially the children.

"Luckily my daughter slept right through it but it was not a nice experience in the slightest."

But it didn't worry every neighbour, such as Stephen Birch, 66, who lives in the block next to Avon House.

He said: "I woke up at 3am because of all the commotion but I just went back to bed. I didn't think any more of it."

It is unknown how the fire started and Hampshire Fire and Rescue investigators will continue to establish a cause today.

Daily Echo: Image from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

Daily Echo: Image from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

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8:51am Wed 14 May 14

Shazzie1964 says...

Thank God for those men and women firefighters who are hero's doing the job they do and are able to attend incidents like this so quickly. To think the Government are planning to reduce the numbers of front line fire fighters to save money (will it save lives though)!.
Thank God for those men and women firefighters who are hero's doing the job they do and are able to attend incidents like this so quickly. To think the Government are planning to reduce the numbers of front line fire fighters to save money (will it save lives though)!. Shazzie1964
  • Score: 50

9:18am Wed 14 May 14

Hedgendman says...

Just as well there wasn't a strike! They would have possibly died then.
Just as well there wasn't a strike! They would have possibly died then. Hedgendman
  • Score: -30

9:39am Wed 14 May 14

sotonboy84 says...

Shazzie1964 wrote:
Thank God for those men and women firefighters who are hero's doing the job they do and are able to attend incidents like this so quickly. To think the Government are planning to reduce the numbers of front line fire fighters to save money (will it save lives though)!.
To clarify, you're referring to the London Fire Brigade who at the beginning of last year set a target to reduce spend by £45m. They had previously made savings of £52m without reducing front line services.

The £45m would be saved by reducing 520 jobs with no compulsory redundancies and made through recruitment freeze, retirements and routine departures.

Due to various reasons including education and improved buildings etc. the number of incidents the brigade had attended had dropped by 35% in the last 10 years and fires had dropped by 51% so the cost cutting is in response to this.

After these measures have been made the brigade said it would be able to maintain its target of getting a first engine to an emergency within six minutes, and a second within eight minutes. It's a sensible decision, moving with the times and saving taxpayers money. So in answer to your question, money will be saved and lives will NOT be compromised because of it.
[quote][p][bold]Shazzie1964[/bold] wrote: Thank God for those men and women firefighters who are hero's doing the job they do and are able to attend incidents like this so quickly. To think the Government are planning to reduce the numbers of front line fire fighters to save money (will it save lives though)!.[/p][/quote]To clarify, you're referring to the London Fire Brigade who at the beginning of last year set a target to reduce spend by £45m. They had previously made savings of £52m without reducing front line services. The £45m would be saved by reducing 520 jobs with no compulsory redundancies and made through recruitment freeze, retirements and routine departures. Due to various reasons including education and improved buildings etc. the number of incidents the brigade had attended had dropped by 35% in the last 10 years and fires had dropped by 51% so the cost cutting is in response to this. After these measures have been made the brigade said it would be able to maintain its target of getting a first engine to an emergency within six minutes, and a second within eight minutes. It's a sensible decision, moving with the times and saving taxpayers money. So in answer to your question, money will be saved and lives will NOT be compromised because of it. sotonboy84
  • Score: -13

10:53am Wed 14 May 14

Brite Spark says...

How and why did the fire start, was alcohol a factor and will the those idiots responsible be charged with any offences before they are re housed in nicer accomodation?
How and why did the fire start, was alcohol a factor and will the those idiots responsible be charged with any offences before they are re housed in nicer accomodation? Brite Spark
  • Score: 0

10:56am Wed 14 May 14

mandy2009 says...

I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE..
I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE.. mandy2009
  • Score: 35

11:46am Wed 14 May 14

Superior Being says...

Hedgendman wrote:
Just as well there wasn't a strike! They would have possibly died then.
From this you still find something negative to comment on. You sad excuse for a man.

Let me guess, you have limited information on their strikes, but like to throw your 10 pence worth in no matter what.
[quote][p][bold]Hedgendman[/bold] wrote: Just as well there wasn't a strike! They would have possibly died then.[/p][/quote]From this you still find something negative to comment on. You sad excuse for a man. Let me guess, you have limited information on their strikes, but like to throw your 10 pence worth in no matter what. Superior Being
  • Score: 21

11:50am Wed 14 May 14

loonaloop says...

I wonder if that was the fault of one mindless individual perhaps leaving unwanted items of furniture or rubbish bags outside in communal areas and another mindless individual thinking it would be funny to set it alight. You know the usual pond dwellers who are usually associated with this sort of behavior. I have had problems with one of these types who live near me.
I wonder if that was the fault of one mindless individual perhaps leaving unwanted items of furniture or rubbish bags outside in communal areas and another mindless individual thinking it would be funny to set it alight. You know the usual pond dwellers who are usually associated with this sort of behavior. I have had problems with one of these types who live near me. loonaloop
  • Score: 0

12:10pm Wed 14 May 14

camerajuan says...

mandy2009 wrote:
I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE..
Whilst I agree with the initial sentiment, they're not the bravest humans alive.

Up there, but not at the top.
[quote][p][bold]mandy2009[/bold] wrote: I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE..[/p][/quote]Whilst I agree with the initial sentiment, they're not the bravest humans alive. Up there, but not at the top. camerajuan
  • Score: -8

1:10pm Wed 14 May 14

bobby the crane says...

Brite Spark wrote:
How and why did the fire start, was alcohol a factor and will the those idiots responsible be charged with any offences before they are re housed in nicer accomodation?
How on Earth can you make such a stupid comment like this, you Pratt with a name like Bright ''Spark'' may be you were in there SPARKED the fire,would not suggest you offer them temp accommodation in your Slum cause they would rather sleep on the street, go get a life before making these crazy stupid comments Scum Bag
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: How and why did the fire start, was alcohol a factor and will the those idiots responsible be charged with any offences before they are re housed in nicer accomodation?[/p][/quote]How on Earth can you make such a stupid comment like this, you Pratt with a name like Bright ''Spark'' may be you were in there SPARKED the fire,would not suggest you offer them temp accommodation in your Slum cause they would rather sleep on the street, go get a life before making these crazy stupid comments Scum Bag bobby the crane
  • Score: 5

1:21pm Wed 14 May 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

bobby the crane wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
How and why did the fire start, was alcohol a factor and will the those idiots responsible be charged with any offences before they are re housed in nicer accomodation?
How on Earth can you make such a stupid comment like this, you Pratt with a name like Bright ''Spark'' may be you were in there SPARKED the fire,would not suggest you offer them temp accommodation in your Slum cause they would rather sleep on the street, go get a life before making these crazy stupid comments Scum Bag
I agree what a stupid comment to make. I think that it is down to the fire investigation officers to find out how this fire started and not anyone's place to be making assumptions about how it was caused or about the morals of those living in the property.
[quote][p][bold]bobby the crane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: How and why did the fire start, was alcohol a factor and will the those idiots responsible be charged with any offences before they are re housed in nicer accomodation?[/p][/quote]How on Earth can you make such a stupid comment like this, you Pratt with a name like Bright ''Spark'' may be you were in there SPARKED the fire,would not suggest you offer them temp accommodation in your Slum cause they would rather sleep on the street, go get a life before making these crazy stupid comments Scum Bag[/p][/quote]I agree what a stupid comment to make. I think that it is down to the fire investigation officers to find out how this fire started and not anyone's place to be making assumptions about how it was caused or about the morals of those living in the property. Tenderhearts wife
  • Score: 10

1:39pm Wed 14 May 14

bobby the crane says...

Dim Spark, Low life Spark, Sparkling Queen, No Spark, Go spark off, get a Sparking Life, Spark a light under ‘’me’’, Dim Spark, well that really sparked me off, I am so sparked off , NOT A BRIGHT SPARK AT ALL.
Dim Spark, Low life Spark, Sparkling Queen, No Spark, Go spark off, get a Sparking Life, Spark a light under ‘’me’’, Dim Spark, well that really sparked me off, I am so sparked off , NOT A BRIGHT SPARK AT ALL. bobby the crane
  • Score: 6

3:46pm Wed 14 May 14

IronLady2010 says...

mandy2009 wrote:
I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE..
I'd like to say ALL our Emergency services do a grand job.
[quote][p][bold]mandy2009[/bold] wrote: I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE..[/p][/quote]I'd like to say ALL our Emergency services do a grand job. IronLady2010
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Wed 14 May 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Thank god all those lives were saved well done to the fire service brave guys
Thank god all those lives were saved well done to the fire service brave guys chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: 7

4:35pm Wed 14 May 14

sparkster says...

how can anyone comment on how the fire started!!!!!!!!!!!!! we dont have the details, there could have been any number of reasons ie an electrical fault it may have nothing to do with alcohol so until we know please dont jump in with stupid comments, you werent there when it happened so you dont know
how can anyone comment on how the fire started!!!!!!!!!!!!! we dont have the details, there could have been any number of reasons ie an electrical fault it may have nothing to do with alcohol so until we know please dont jump in with stupid comments, you werent there when it happened so you dont know sparkster
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Wed 14 May 14

freza1974 says...

Sotonboy84
You are clearly a tory puppet who has quoted text straight out of Brandon Lewis's book of ****. Try doing your own research into the cuts which are not just limited to London. Every brigade has had to be cut to the bone due to massive budget cuts. As far as your statistics go, most of these are fabricated and manipulated to justify cutting fire engines. While fires are down a little, rtc's have increased massively. Whether we get 1 job on a shift or 4, you still need a minimum number of crew to perform the tasks properly and safely, and that minimum is now 4 which is not enough. Less firefighters, less pumps = inevitable loss of life and property you mug.
Sotonboy84 You are clearly a tory puppet who has quoted text straight out of Brandon Lewis's book of ****. Try doing your own research into the cuts which are not just limited to London. Every brigade has had to be cut to the bone due to massive budget cuts. As far as your statistics go, most of these are fabricated and manipulated to justify cutting fire engines. While fires are down a little, rtc's have increased massively. Whether we get 1 job on a shift or 4, you still need a minimum number of crew to perform the tasks properly and safely, and that minimum is now 4 which is not enough. Less firefighters, less pumps = inevitable loss of life and property you mug. freza1974
  • Score: 8

6:25pm Wed 14 May 14

sotonboy84 says...

freza1974 wrote:
Sotonboy84
You are clearly a tory puppet who has quoted text straight out of Brandon Lewis's book of ****. Try doing your own research into the cuts which are not just limited to London. Every brigade has had to be cut to the bone due to massive budget cuts. As far as your statistics go, most of these are fabricated and manipulated to justify cutting fire engines. While fires are down a little, rtc's have increased massively. Whether we get 1 job on a shift or 4, you still need a minimum number of crew to perform the tasks properly and safely, and that minimum is now 4 which is not enough. Less firefighters, less pumps = inevitable loss of life and property you mug.
Thanks for that. As you're so knowledgable on the subject, can you provide evidence that the figures I've provided are manipulated and fabricated as you imply?

Statistics trump your assumptions so until you supply some, shut up.
[quote][p][bold]freza1974[/bold] wrote: Sotonboy84 You are clearly a tory puppet who has quoted text straight out of Brandon Lewis's book of ****. Try doing your own research into the cuts which are not just limited to London. Every brigade has had to be cut to the bone due to massive budget cuts. As far as your statistics go, most of these are fabricated and manipulated to justify cutting fire engines. While fires are down a little, rtc's have increased massively. Whether we get 1 job on a shift or 4, you still need a minimum number of crew to perform the tasks properly and safely, and that minimum is now 4 which is not enough. Less firefighters, less pumps = inevitable loss of life and property you mug.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that. As you're so knowledgable on the subject, can you provide evidence that the figures I've provided are manipulated and fabricated as you imply? Statistics trump your assumptions so until you supply some, shut up. sotonboy84
  • Score: -3

7:25pm Wed 14 May 14

On the inside says...

The right wing tory scum who make 80%+ of the contributions to these pages never miss a chance to denigrate anyone who working in the public sector or might live in social housing.

The first on site were almost certainly from St Mary station where the two firefighters who died in the Shirley Towers blaze were from. The crew that attended would not be human if they did not approach a fire in a block of flats with some trepidation. Did it stop them, DID IT HELL AND THEY WERE NOT THINKING OF GOING ON STRIKE EITHER!
The right wing tory scum who make 80%+ of the contributions to these pages never miss a chance to denigrate anyone who working in the public sector or might live in social housing. The first on site were almost certainly from St Mary station where the two firefighters who died in the Shirley Towers blaze were from. The crew that attended would not be human if they did not approach a fire in a block of flats with some trepidation. Did it stop them, DID IT HELL AND THEY WERE NOT THINKING OF GOING ON STRIKE EITHER! On the inside
  • Score: 2

9:16pm Wed 14 May 14

Shazzie1964 says...

freza1974 wrote:
Sotonboy84
You are clearly a tory puppet who has quoted text straight out of Brandon Lewis's book of ****. Try doing your own research into the cuts which are not just limited to London. Every brigade has had to be cut to the bone due to massive budget cuts. As far as your statistics go, most of these are fabricated and manipulated to justify cutting fire engines. While fires are down a little, rtc's have increased massively. Whether we get 1 job on a shift or 4, you still need a minimum number of crew to perform the tasks properly and safely, and that minimum is now 4 which is not enough. Less firefighters, less pumps = inevitable loss of life and property you mug.
I couldn't have put it better myself - well said freza1974 :)
[quote][p][bold]freza1974[/bold] wrote: Sotonboy84 You are clearly a tory puppet who has quoted text straight out of Brandon Lewis's book of ****. Try doing your own research into the cuts which are not just limited to London. Every brigade has had to be cut to the bone due to massive budget cuts. As far as your statistics go, most of these are fabricated and manipulated to justify cutting fire engines. While fires are down a little, rtc's have increased massively. Whether we get 1 job on a shift or 4, you still need a minimum number of crew to perform the tasks properly and safely, and that minimum is now 4 which is not enough. Less firefighters, less pumps = inevitable loss of life and property you mug.[/p][/quote]I couldn't have put it better myself - well said freza1974 :) Shazzie1964
  • Score: 3

10:41pm Wed 14 May 14

The Phantomerer says...

mandy2009 wrote:
I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE..
Almost as brave as the CAPS LOCK POLICE who fight tirelessly to protect us from this evil button.
[quote][p][bold]mandy2009[/bold] wrote: I SAW HOW SELFLESS THE SOUTHAMPTON FIRE CREW ARE PUTTING HUMANS AND ANIMALS BEFORE THERE OWN LIVES EARLY HOURS THIS MORNING ON MY ESTATE. EXAMPLE THEY EVEN SAVED SOMEONES BIRDS THAT WERE STILL IN BLOCK OF FLATS I COULDNT BELIEVE MY EYES. ALL I CAN SAY IS ALL FIREMAN ARE THE MOST BRAVEST HUMANS ALIVE..[/p][/quote]Almost as brave as the CAPS LOCK POLICE who fight tirelessly to protect us from this evil button. The Phantomerer
  • Score: 4

1:33pm Mon 19 May 14

Woolston ollie says...

camerajuan says...

Whilst I agree with the initial sentiment, they're not the bravest humans alive.
Up there, but not at the top.

I was a fireman for 22 years even if they where on strike they would have attended an emergancy, any emergancy. Camerajuan love to see you running into a burning block of flats especially with what went on a couple of years ago
camerajuan says... Whilst I agree with the initial sentiment, they're not the bravest humans alive. Up there, but not at the top. I was a fireman for 22 years even if they where on strike they would have attended an emergancy, any emergancy. Camerajuan love to see you running into a burning block of flats especially with what went on a couple of years ago Woolston ollie
  • Score: 2

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