Page last updated at 09:37 GMT, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 10:37 UK

Man's 'good deed' saves fire trio

Three people have been rescued by a member of the public from a shop fire in north London.

One of those rescued from the blaze at in Church Street in Edmonton was a child.

The man used a builder's ladder to help the people who had become trapped in flats above the store.

Firefighters rescued a further six people. A woman and two children have been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

If this man is about putting up ladders at 5am, then good on him. He's done a good deed
Fireman Gary Geoghegan

About 20 firefighters tackled the blaze which began at about 0500 BST on Tuesday and lasted for more than two hours.

Firefighter Gary Geoghegan, who attended the scene, said the member of the public had saved the man, woman and child he rescued from serious injury.

"Their point of exit had become cut-off due to the fire so they had become trapped," he said.

"He managed to get them down while we were en route so he would have saved them from worse injuries.

"If this man is about putting up ladders at 5am, then good on him. He's done a good deed."

He said the fire began in the stockroom of the premises and that the cause of the blaze is under investigation.



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