Five rescued from Coventry blaze

Firefighters at the scene on Monday morning (picture Darren Langeveld)
by Ben Glass
March 2, 2009

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FIVE homeless people were rescued after a blaze broke out in a derelict building.

Thirty firefighters spent nine hours tackling the fire in Bishop Street, Coventry.

The city centre blaze broke out at 10pm on Sunday in a building next to the former Mr Porky takeaway.

Mike Fox, spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service, said: “Early on one man was rescued from the building and then later on during a search of nearby buildings four more were led to safety.

“By about 2.30am most of the fire was dealt with and firefighters spent the rest of the night dealing with hotspots and cutting away parts of the building.”

The scene of the blaze on Monday (picture Darren Langeveld)
Mr Fox added that some parts of the building are so badly damaged it may have to be demolished.

It is understood no one needed hospital treatment. The cause of the blaze has not been established.
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