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Man arrested as BWV shows Met officers rescuing people from fire

Met Police officers gained access to six flats as they rescued residents from a burning building in Kensington on March 1.

Seven officers and six residents suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital – all have subsequently been discharged.

No one suffered more serious injuries.

A 25 year old was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody.

The fire began at about 00:15hrs on March 1. Officers worked alongside colleagues from London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service as all the emergency services responded rapidly to the incident.

Superintendent Jill Horsfall, one of the senior officers responsible for policing Kensington & 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.

“Working with our partners and communities to keep Londoners safe is exactly why police officers come to work every day.”

Body Worn Video footage of the response has been released.

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