Man hospitalised after going back into flat fire to save stereo

Fire crews. Photo: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews. Photo: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

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A man was taken to hospital after returning to his flat while it was on fire, just so he could save his stereo.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Palmerston Road, Woodston, on Friday, May 29 at 4.46pm.

The resident was outside of the property as four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and jets to extinguish the fire.

Watch Commander Tim Thompson said: “Crews were faced with a well developed fire and did extremely well to stop it spreading to the roof.

“Unfortunately the occupier attempted to return to his flat to try and recover his stereo and as a result has to be taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.

“If a fire breaks out, get out, stay out and dial 999. If you can close doors on your way out then do as this will help prevent the spread of the fire, but most importantly, never attempt to return to the fire to save any belongings.”

The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate. Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.