Six Fire Engines Rush To ‘Devastating’ Blaze At High-Rise Block Of Flats

MORE than 30 firefighters have rushed to a ‘devastating’ blaze at a high-rise block of flats.

Six fire engines were called to the tower block in Poplar Way, Bramley, West Yorkshire at around 10.30am this morning.

Huge plumes of smoke engulfed the building and could be seen billowing from the eigth-floor windows when the blaze broke out.

A man, woman and child managed to escape the building and were rushed to hospital to be treated for smoke inhilation.

Their injuries are not thought to be serious.

But the flat that caught fire is now uninhabitable.

It comes as residents slammed the lack of a fire alarm to alert them to the danger – and claimed safety features in the block were not up to scratch.

Resident John Roe, 34, said: “The safety is rubbish.

“There are doors and stairwells but they don’t look after them.

“People leave all their rubbish at the bottom of the stairs.

“The first I heard about it was the sirens from outside, we have one alarm in the hallway that does nothing.

“It has never gone off once in the five years I have been there.”

Eye witness Anthony Newby, 41, who lives nearby, described the scene as “devastating”.

He said: “I was just on the way home when I spotted it.

“The fire was about three floors from the top and there were flames and a lot of smoke when I got there.

“The smoke engulfed the outside of the block.

“There was so much smoke and flames on the outside of the walls of that floor from what I could see.

“I saw the fire service, police and ambulances there.

“It looked devastating.”