Meet Doggy Hero Smokey Who Saved his Owners from Fire
His alert let to eight people being rescued from Stanlake Road blaze
Meet Smokey, the doggy hero who saved his owners by alerting them to a fire in their flat.
Smokey woke his owners as fire broke out in the flat in Stanlake Road in Shepherd's Bush in the early hours of November 17.
His alert led to eight people being rescued from the building, a house converted into separate flats.
London Fire Brigade say they were called at 3.55am and fire engines from Kensington, Hammersmith and North Kensington fire stations fought the blaze for almost an hours before getting it under control at 4.46am.
During this time, a woman was rescued from a second floor flat roof, four women were rescued from a first floor window and two men and a woman were rescued from a flat on the ground floor.
The Brigade’s control officers gave vital fire survival guidance over the phone to the ground floor occupants who were trapped in their flat by fire. The 999 call handlers stayed on the phone until firefighters in breathing apparatus arrived.
Watch Manager John Bishop who was the first fire officer at the scene, said: " On arrival there was a lot of smoke pouring out from the property and as control officers had informed me people were still inside the building I quickly committed a rescue team in breathing apparatus and requested further fire engines to help with the rescuing of several people on the upper floors and roof who were calling for help."
Station Manager Nic Myatt said: "The firefighters' hard work and quick thinking saved the lives of those they rescued."
All eight people were treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.
Part of the four roomed flat on the ground floor was badly damaged by the fire. London Fire Brigade say the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Brigade add that the residents of the ground floor flat – where the fire started – were lucky their dog alerted them to the fire as a smoke alarm fitted in the property had no battery in it and did not sound.
And they tweeted @londonfire: " You'd be barking mad not to have a battery in your smoke alarm like at the flat in
November 19, 2014