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Lucky Escape From Southampton Fire
Firecrews say a 61 year man who was rescued from a house fire in Southampton is lucky to be alive.
The fire broke out on the afternoon of Friday 15th February. Crews used breathing apparatus to enter the building on Osborne Road South in Portswood and helped the man escape a severe fire in the first-floor bedroom.
He was conscious and breathing and treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. He also suffered burns and was taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service..
Station Manager Dave Graham said: "On our arrival, a neighbour reported to us there could be someone inside the building. We made a quick entry and found the man in the bedroom doorway.
Considering our crews were faced with a severe fire and a casualty, they did a tremendous job in confining the blaze to the bedroom and the man owes his life to their quick work."
Crews from St Mary's, Hightown, Redbridge, Winchester and Eastleigh used 10 sets of breathing apparatus, three hose reels and a jet to tackle the blaze.
A fire investigation will take place over the weekend to ascertain the cause of the blaze.
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