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Ten people escape from flat fire

Scene of fire
Some residents jumped to safety from windows

Ten people who escaped from a fire at a block of flats in Nottingham are lucky to be alive, according to firefighters.

Fire crews were called to Belconnen Road in Bestwood at 0740 BST where they found a number of flats filled with smoke and residents calling for help.

Two people had already jumped from windows and firefighters used ladders to rescue a further eight.

A number of people have been treated for smoke inhalation but officers said it could have been much worse.

John Cannon-Brownlie, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, said: "I think they are extremely lucky to have escaped with just smoke inhalation.

"The crews were presented with people hanging out of windows when they first arrived so the crews worked extremely hard to get ladders up to those people and effect eight rescues so, yes, they are extremely lucky to be alive."

The cause is being investigated.

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