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Two people treated in hospital after fire in Belvedere

PUBLISHED: 11:35 25 January 2012

Twenty firefighters tackled blaze at Belvedere sheltered housing block

Twenty firefighters tackled blaze at Belvedere sheltered housing block

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Two people were taken to hospital after they were evacuated from a sheltered housing block in Belvedere when fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Four people left the four storey block in Ladymarsh Close and the blaze damaged part of a ground floor communal area.

Ambulance staff treated two people for smoke inhalation and took them to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich

Watch manager Kevin Wassel from Erith fire station, who was at the scene, said: “Thankfully the building had a working smoke alarm that alerted the residents to the fire. As we saw with this fire, smoke alarms save lives as they enable you to escape quickly if a fire breaks out.”

Four fire engines crewed by 20 firefighters from Erith and Plumstead were called out at 5.07am and the blaze was under control 30 minutes later.

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