Firefighters rescue pensioner from flat

A PENSIONER is in a critical condition in hospital after being rescued from her burning flat last night.

James Hore

A PENSIONER is in a critical condition in hospital after being rescued from her burning flat last night.

Firefighters were called to Holt Drive in Colchester just after 8.30pm last night where they found the property was 100% smoke-logged.

The crews pulled the 69-year-old woman, who was thought to be unconscious, from the building and gave her first aid before placing her in the care of the ambulance crews.


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Crews from Colchester and West Mersea used two sets of breathing apparatus, a thermal image camera and one hose reel to tackle the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage but a fire service spokesman said police would be involved in the ongoing investigation.

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