Public help to put out fire in Chislehurst after police borough commander sees smoke

PUBLISHED: 18:36 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:36 21 November 2013

Members of the public rushed into action to help put out a house fire spotted by Bromley's police borough commander this afternoon.

Ch Supt Steph Roberts was on patrol with Sgt Gary Schofield when smoke was spotted coming from a nearby house in Morston Gardens, Chislehurst.

She said: “The support that the local community offered us was outstanding. They provided ladders and helped us gain access to the rear off the property. This was community spirit at its very best.”

The borough commander and Mr Schofield were joined by local officers who forced entry into the premises to check no one was inside and evacuated the neighbouring properties.

The London Fire Brigade sent two fire engines after the incident was reported at 1.52pm, and put out the fire by 2.37pm.

Four officers required treatment at the scene by the London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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