Residents evacuated in Doncaster tower block ‘blaze’ drama

South Yorkshire fire fighters teamed up with St. Leger Homes to carry out a training exercise for dealing with fires in high rise blocks. Firefighters pictured treating tenant Claire Golding, who volunteered to be rescued during the exercise. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 01-12-14 Training Exercise MC 2
South Yorkshire fire fighters teamed up with St. Leger Homes to carry out a training exercise for dealing with fires in high rise blocks. Firefighters pictured treating tenant Claire Golding, who volunteered to be rescued during the exercise. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 01-12-14 Training Exercise MC 2
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Dozens of residents were led to safety after a towering inferno style drama at a Doncaster high rise block of flats.

Tenants of Westminster House in Intake were ‘rescued’ by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescuse as the drama unfolded on Monday morning.

Crews were called to the scene and officers treated residents on the ground at around 9.30am yesterday.

But fortunately the evacuation was part of an practice drill aimed at helping firefighters deal with incidents at Doncaster’s tower block flats.

Several residents volunteered to be ‘rescued’ from a seventh floor flat as part of the drill organised in conjunction with St Leger Homes.

The exercise gave fire fighters an opportunity to practise their procedures and gain valuable experience of dealing with incidents inside high rise blocks.

It also helped to ensure that St. Leger Homes has adequate plans in place to safeguard tenants should fire break out in the high rise blocks it manages.