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Firefighters rescue pair from flat fire in Dale Road, Purley

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TWO people were rescued by firefighters from a flat fire in Purley early this morning.
Firefighters were called at 3.52am to the fire in the first-floor flat in Abbey Court, Dale Road.
Croydon watch manager Harvey Payne said they rescued a 21-year-old woman by ladder before breaking down the front door to rescue a 61-year-old man who was unconscious in the living room, where the fire had started. No-one else was inside the flat.
He added the man was revived at the scene by firefighters before being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Mr Payne said: "When we arrrived there was a young lady hanging out of a window so immediately firefighters put a ladder up to the window and assisted her out.
"She was screaming that someone else was inside the flat so the other crews made their way to the front door with breathing apparatus, broke the front door down and rescued a gentleman out of the lounge."
"They also rescued a little Jack Russell on the ladder; he was carried down by a fireman."
He added that firefighters saved 75 per cent of the flat and contained the fire to that flat.
Residents in surrounding flats were told to stay inside as it was safer than evacuating them through the smoke, while one mother and child were evacuated.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Three engines attended, two from Croydon and one from Purley.
It is believed the flat's smoke alarm alerted the woman to the fire.


Firefighters rescue pair from flat fire in Dale Road, Purley


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