Dramatic footage of flats fire rescue released by police as suspect arrested

Body worn camera footage of police officers running into a burning building has been released after a flat fire in south-west London left 13 people needing hospital treatment.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson over the blaze at a five-storey building in Emperor’s Gate, South Kensington, just after midnight on Friday.

Footage shows police officers kicking open the main door of the building and the front door of a smoke-filled flat, while shouting to residents to leave.

Superintendent Jill Horsfall, one of the senior officers responsible for policing Kensington and Chelsea, said: “The bravery and professionalism of the Met officers who responded so rapidly to this terrifying fire shows the very best of policing.

“They acted without hesitation to rapidly enter a burning building full of smoke and to save lives.

“Our subsequent investigation will be equally tenacious and we now have a man in custody.”

South Kensington fire
Firefighters dealing with the aftermath of the blaze that left 13 people suffering from smoke inhalation (James Manning/PA)

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life on Sunday.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting the reference 107/01Mar, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.

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