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Ealing officers rescue people trapped in Acton pub fire

News   •   Jan 01, 2017 12:59 GMT

Image: Scene of pub fire on Sunday, 1 January

A team of Ealing officers helped rescue those celebrating the start of the New Year after a large fire started in a busy Acton pub.

Shortly after 00:40hrs on Sunday, 1 January police became aware of a fire at the Aeronaut pub in High Street, W3.

The pub was packed with approximately 300 people at the time.

Officers bravely swooped into action helping to evacuate the building and rescue those trapped inside. 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. 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.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) attended and officers put cordons up in the area for public safety.

Acton Police Station, which is next door, was evacuated as a precaution due to the severity of the fire.

Eight people - five police officers with smoke inhalation and three members of the public with minor injuries - were taken to hospital for treatment.

The LFB have now extinguished the fire which has left the pub gutted.

Local road closures and diversions due to the cordons, remain in place at this time.

At this early stage there is nothing to suggest the fire is suspicious. Acton Police Station, which is next door to the pub, has also been closed as a precaution whilst structural damage is assessed.

Chief Superintendent, Paul Martin, Borough Commander for Ealing said: "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."