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Man rescued after fire traps him on 2nd floor balcony

PUBLISHED: 13:49 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010

FIRE crews rescued a man trapped on a balcony 20ft up when a blaze broke out in his home in East London. He was led to safety through toxic smoke as firefighters tackled the blaze on the second-floor of his three-storey terraced house at Woodseer Street, Whitechapel, on Sunday morning. The man was unable to reach safety and was trapped on a second-floor balcony until rescuers wearing breathing apparatus managed to reach him

FIRE crews rescued a man trapped on a balcony 20ft up when a blaze broke out in his home.

He was led to safety through toxic smoke as firefighters tackled the blaze on the second-floor of his three-storey terraced house at Woodseer Street, off Valance Road, Whitechapel, on Sunday morning.

The man, in his late 30s, was treated by ambulance paramedics at the scene for the effects of smoke, but was not seriously hurt.

He was unable to reach safety when his escape was cut off and was trapped on a second-floor balcony until rescuers wearing breathing apparatus managed to reach him. A second man managed to get out in time.

One room was completely gutted in the blaze and there was smoke damage to the rest of the house, but no structural damage.

No smoke detector had been fitted in the property, said Fire Brigade officials. A fire crew returned to Woodseer Street on Monday to fit smoke alarms.

Householders can get smoke detectors fitted free by calling the London Fire Brigade's fire prevention department free on 0800-284428.

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