One man dies as ex-armed forces Biggin Hill resident rescues two people

PUBLISHED: 15:50 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:50 19 January 2016

Tim Hall

Tim Hall


Fire started last Friday

The witness to a fire in Keston which left one man dead has told his story of how he saved two others.

The fire, on Friday, killed a man believed to be in his 70s.

At around 7am on Friday morning, London Fire Brigade were called to the blaze on Leaves Green Road, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

But before fire crews could arrive, witness Tim Hall was inside the building helping those within.

The 43-year-old from Main Road, Biggin Hill, helped get two men out of the building as well as a dog.

He said: “My initial instinct was what if there was a family in there, there could be kids upstairs.

“My priority was to make sure whoever was inside was awake, I tried breaking a window at the front of the house to get a dog out but couldn’t do it.

“I saw someone stumbling around inside and called to him, but he didn’t pay any attention, so I ran around to the back of the house and got in through the back door.

“Once I got to him I asked if there was anyone else in the building and he said ‘Yes’.

“My partner was terrified, she rang me while she was in the building because the smoke was so thick she couldn’t see me.

“I don’t think of myself as a hero its just ingrained in me from training, I was in the armed forces with the RAF and was in the First Gulf War.

“Friday was an emotional day for me, people were saying well done but I was reflecting on the person I couldn’t get out.

The deceased man’s next of kin have been informed, with a post-mortem set to be arranged, Bromley’s Met Police officers are continuing their enquiries, while they appeal for witnesses to the fire.

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