Four police officers on patrol in Kensington and Chelsea have risked their lives rescuing a man from a burning flat in Roland Gardens.
They entered the smoke-filled premises, described as ‘roasting hot’ and dragged the unconscious man to safety.
They had to be treated for smoke inhalation, but have returned to duty.
They were were flagged down shortly before midnight last night.
Before the arrival of the Fire Brigade they decided to force entry and braved the smoke and flames to remove the unconscious occupant from the burning premises.
They’ve received praise for their heroic actions from Kensington and Chelsea’s Inspector Chris Downs who said:
These officers acted with great courage. Their quick thinking and heroic actions in entering a burning flat and rescuing the occupant have averted a potentially lethal situation.
This incident demonstrates the bravery shown by police officers as they go about their daily business.
A unit from the London Ambulance Service’s HART Hazardous Area Response Team attended and the man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
His condition is not believed to be serious.
London Fire Brigade firefighters have put the fire out.