Met Police officers kick door to run into burning building

The fire took place at a five-storey building in Emperor’s Gate, South Kensington, just after midnight on Friday (March 1).

One officer can be heard calling to people trapped on the second floor to stay close to the ground and cover the gap at the bottom of their door, before a firefighter climbs a ladder to rescue them.

Wesley Guilherme Farias, aged 25, of no fixed address, has been now charged with arson with intent to endanger life and was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday (March 4).

Superintendent Jill Horsfall, one of the senior officers responsible for policing Kensington and Chelsea, said: “The bravery and professionalism of the Met officers who responded so rapidly to this terrifying fire shows the very best of policing.

“They acted without hesitation to rapidly enter a burning building full of smoke and to save lives.”

Seven police officers and six residents were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and have since been discharged.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting the reference 107/01Mar, or, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.

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