A team of firefighters and police in Ealing are being lauded after helping to rescue New Year revellers caught in an Acton pub fire.
The Aeronaut pub on High Street in W3 was hit with a major fire just after midnight on New Years Day. It is believed 300 people were inside at the time.
“PC Ben Jacques entered the burning building, and during a search found a trapped woman having an asthma attack due to the smoke engulfing the ground floor,” said the Met in a statement.
“He dragged her out of the premises and his actions may well have saved her life. Another man was helped out with a laceration to the hand caused by his desperate attempt to smash a window and escape the fire.”
Eight people were taken to hospital for treatment. The pub has been gutted.
And Chief Superintendent, Paul Martin, Borough Commander for Ealing, added: “I’m proud of the bravery and determination shown by my officers who went into a burning smoke filled pub to help rescue those inside and ensure an orderly evacuation.
“The damage inside is extensive. Thankfully no one has been seriously injured and that is largely thanks to the efforts of police who acted decisively in the face of danger.
“I’d like to wish all those injured, including the five officers who suffered smoke inhalation, a speedy recovery.”
(Photo: London Fire)