18:20 Wednesday 16 January 2013

Children and woman rescued from Repton flat fire

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

Flat fire, Repton Main Street Flat fire, Repton Main Street

THREE children and a woman have been rescued from a blazing flat fire in a South Derbyshire village which caused ‘severe damage’ to the property.

Several calls were received by the fire service to the incident in High Street, Repton, just before 4.30pm today.

Four pumps from Swadlincote, Burton, Tutbury and Nottingham Road in Derby were dispatched to the scene.

Witnesses told the Mail they saw two men use a ladder to rescue the victims from the first floor flat before the fire crews arrived and although the fire did not spread to them, surrounding flats did have to be evacuated.

Firefighters took 10 minutes to extinguish the fire and are still investigating the cause of the blaze.

Neil Scott, incident commander for Derbyshire Fire Service, said: “We are investigating the cause of the fire at the moment. There was severe damage to the flat and the roof space.”

The three children and woman pulled from the flat were treated at the scene by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment.

High Street was closed by police while the blaze was tackled but was reopened by police at 5.45pm.

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