Hero policeman saves baby and six others from burning block of flats

A hero policeman stormed into a block of flats to save a baby and six others from a fire that destroyed the building.

PC Neil Dobson was on duty with his dog Monty when he spotted thick, black smoke billowing out of the building in Croydon, south London.

Without a moment’s thought, he smashed his way inside the flats, where most people were asleep, at around midnight on Friday.

His trusty dog was tied up outside while he rushed around the smoke-filled building, looking for people to save.

He moved through three floors, rousing the residents and alerting them of the serious danger.

PC Dobson suffered injuries opening the doors and inhaled smoke during his daring rescue mission.

Every resident was safely evacuated without injuries thanks to PC Dobson’s courage.

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A mother and a baby were among those saved before the London Fire Brigade arrived.

A flat on the lower ground floor and the communal area were destroyed in the blaze.

PC Dobson said: ‘There was a press article the next day reporting that the fire had completely destroyed the flats.

‘It wasn’t till I read that, that I realised I’d actually probably saved some lives.’


An LFB spokesman said: ‘Our fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a block of flats in London Road, Croydon.

‘The communal area and a flat on the lower ground floor were destroyed by fire. Seven people left the building before the arrival of the Brigade.

‘The Brigade was called at 0033 and the fire was under control at 0131. Fire crews from Norbury, Croydon, and Woodside fire stations attended the scene.’

It’s still not known how the fire started.

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