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Three brave PCs saved four people from a burning flat in Walsall.
The two male officers and a female officer spotted flames and smoke billowing from a building in Rowley Street, Chuckery at 2.20am and, after alerting the fire service, quickly raced to see if the flats were occupied.
Once inside they found four people, already suffering from the effects of the fire, and dragged them to safety. The two men and two women, all in their 40s, were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
The kitchen fire was quickly extinguished by the fire service and an initial examination suggests that the fire was accidental and it is believed that it was started by unattended food cooking on the hob.
Overnight force incident manager Chief Inspector Jack Hadley said: “It is without doubt that the bravery of the officers saved the lives of these four people.
“After spotting the building alight while they were patrolling the streets, they heroically fought their way into the flats without any protective equipment and no thought for their own safety.
“They found the four unconscious and brought them out the property when they were then treated by the ambulance service for smoke inhalation. The PCs then secured the building until the fire service arrived.
“Thankfully the officers were not injured and the people from the flat have now been treated and discharged from hospital.”
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