Flat blaze forces man to leap 20ft to safety

Fire at flat in Westfield Street, St Helens
Fire at flat in Westfield Street, St Helens

A MAN was forced to jump to safety from a first floor window after a fire started above a takeaway.

Emergency crews were called to a first floor flat on Westfield Street - above the McTucky’s Hut takeaway - shortly before 4am on April 5.

Watch manager Adrian Frantzen, of St Helens Fire Station, said: “We were told a man had climbed out of a first floor window and dropped around 20 feet to the street below before we arrived. He was assessed by paramedics at the scene but was uninjured.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat to tackle the fire and conducted a search to make sure everyone was out of the property.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire found that it could have possibly been caused by overloading plug sockets.”

The kitchen and dining area of the flat was left severely damaged by blaze and the remainder of the flat was severely damaged by heat.

Around 60 per cent of the roof space was also left fire damaged - with some of the damage spreading to the roof space of an adjoining property.

The front window of the flat has since been boarded up.

A worker at one neighbouring business said the occupier of the flat had been forced to move elsewhere.

Watch manager Frantzen added: “This was quite a severe fire and there were no smoke alarms. The fire destroyed the kitchen area.

“It was so severe the occupier claimed they could not use the stairs and escaped through the window.”

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