Thursday 15th October 2015 – 10.40am – Chris Kowalik.
West Midlands Ambulance Service crews have spent the night at a large flat fire in Birmingham that resulted in 19 people from the building being assessed by medics and four being treated and transferred to hospital.
A 999 call was received shortly before 10.55pm on Wednesday evening to Brownfield Road in the Shard End area of the city.
Three ambulances, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended. An advanced paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The fire was on the second floor of a three storey block of flats. There was a lot of smoke which meant the fire service had to rescue people via the stairwell or the flat above. 19 people were led to safety and assessed with one young baby being treated by medics and then taken to Heartlands Hospital as a precaution.
“A woman in her 20s and an 11 year old boy were also treated by ambulance crews and then taken to the same hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. A further man was treated at the scene by medics and also transferred to hospital.
“The fire was very serious with the building sustaining considerable damage. Ambulance staff and Fire crews worked seamlessly together to ensure everyone was rescued safely and received the best treatment.”