Three Bromley officers commended for evacuation of housing complex after fire

PUBLISHED: 09:32 04 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:37 04 April 2014

Three police officers have been commended for their bravery in helping rescue residents when a sheltered housing complex caught fire.

Sergeants Brett Smethurst, James Constable and Brian Doamkepor were answering a call at Charles Darwin House, Plaistow Lane, Bromley, on June 23 last year when they were met by distressed residents and staff who told them there was a fire inside the building.

Upon finding out that there were still residents inside the three officers immediately entered the building in an attempt to locate those trapped inside.

Despite being hampered by locked doors and poor lighting the officers battled through the smoke filled corridors and ensured that all the remaining residents were evacuated safely.

Bromley police inspector, Phyllis Rooney, said: “The actions of these officers has undoubtedly ensured that there are no loss of life or serious injury and their selfless approach was commended by colleagues from the London Fire Brigade.”

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