WATCH: 'Brave' police make heroic rescue from terrifying fire as arrest made

WATCH: 'Brave' police make heroic rescue from terrifying fire as arrest made
Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 04/03/2024

- 12:55

Updated: 04/03/2024

- 12:59

Police are seen throwing their lives on the line as they force their way into a building engulfed with flames to rescue those inside.

Body worn footage shows how officers kicked down the front door to enter the burning building.

A man has since been arrested on suspicion of arson as an investigation into the terrifying blaze in Kensington is carried out.

The police gained officers to six flats to rescue those inside during the blaze on Friday, 1 March in Emperor’s Gate, SW7.

Superintendent Jill Horsfall, one of the senior officers responsible for policing Kensington & Chelsea, said: “The bravery and professionalism of the Met officers who responded so rapidly to this terrifying fire shows the very best of policing. They acted without hesitation to rapidly enter a burning building full of smoke and to save lives.

“Our subsequent investigation will be equally tenacious and we now have a man in custody.

“Working with our partners and communities to keep Londoners safe is exactly why police officers come to work every day. We are recruiting people who share our determination to do just this. Please search ‘Met Careers’ if you’re interested in a career with the Met.”

Seven police officers and six residents suffered smoke inhalation during the incident with all taken to hospital.

They have since been discharged, but the fire is being treated as suspicious and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life on Sunday, 3rd March. He remains in custody.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call 101, ref 107/01Mar.

To remain anonymous, police urge anyone with information to call Crimestoppers.

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