Woman Jumps from Balcony to Escape Flat Fire


    A woman leapt from her balcony as she desperately tried to evade a fire tearing through her Southampton flat.

    The tenant jumped from her first floor flat in Southampton was seen jumping from the balcony of the property to escape the blaze that broke out at around 11:40pm last Tuesday.

    She is believed to be unharmed as a result of the fire, which is currently under investigation and is thought to have been started deliberately.

    Eye witnesses told the Daily Echo how they saw flames and thick black smoke billowing from the flat in Redbridge Hill.

    Neighbour Joe Shepperd, 36, said: “It was about midnight when I first heard all the emergency services and saw them all around the flat.

    “The fire was really going, I saw flames coming out of the building and smoke billowing from it. I couldn't see if anyone was inside.

    “I was shaking it was so fierce, and I wasn't really all that close to it.”

    All residents of the block of maisonette-style flats were evacuated to allow the emergency services to tackle the blaze.

    At its height some 50 firefighters were involved in the fire-fighting effort whilst ambulances were also on the scene.

    The fire broke out as members of the Fire Brigade Union staged the latest in a series of walkouts. As a result standby crews from across the area dealt with the blaze.

    A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We had four appliances from across the area involved in tackling the fire with the stop message received at 1.15am.

    "I think this shows that we do have the contingency plans in place to deal with incidents if they occur whilst industrial action is being staged."

    Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “The first I heard was this big bang and then I heard all the emergency services. It was quite big, really awful. I just hoped the woman was alright, I wasn't sure whether she had got out or not.”


Collated by Philip Turnbull



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