Residents of flats in Drake’s Yard, Haverhill, escaped with their lives this morning (July 25) when a fire broke out in their building.
Police were on the scene very quickly, having been responding to another incident in nearby Keebles Yard.
At 12.50am, officers noticed thick smoke coming from a second storey window in Drake’s Yard.
After breaking down the building’s main door to gain access, they began alerting the residents and evacuating them to safety.
Three residents were given emergency accommodation in Haverhill Arts Centre, with sleeping bags and air mattresses being provided.
Two men were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation and burns. Both have now been released.
Three fire crews were dispached and the fire was brought under control by 2.11am, with the crews leaving the scene at 4.30am.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
Chief Inspector Kim Warner, Policing Commander for St Edmundsbury & Forest Heath, said: “This could have been a potentially tragic incident which was averted thanks to the quick actions of our officers.
“After seeing the smoke coming from the building they forced their way into the block, alerted the occupants of the flats and ensured everyone was evacuated safely.
“I commend everyone involved for their bravery in this incident, which is a great example of the different ways in which our officers respond to protect members of the public. I am really proud of each and every one of them.”