Tower block resident 'seriously hurt' as he's rescued from flat fire

A tower block resident was 'seriously hurt' and left needing trauma care after a fire broke out inside their flat this afternoon. All three emergency services swooped to Kennedy Court, in Stourbridge after the blaze erupted on the fouth floor.

A man had to be rescued from the Green Street high rise during the incident at around 12.40pm. He was given trauma care on scene before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

Several fire crews, ambulance vehicles and police were on scene as smoke billowed up into neighbouring residents' windows. A second resident was also led to safety, but not injured, fire crews said.

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A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called to reports of a property fire on Green Street at 12.50pm. One ambulance, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor with a Critical Care Paramedic and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene.

"On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who had suffered serious injuries. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham." West Midlands Fire Service had five crews and two 4x4 brigade response vehicles on scene at the height of the incident.

A statement from the service read: "Shortly after 12.40pm on Thursday (16 May), we responded to Green Street, Stourbridge. Five fire engines and two 4×4 brigade response vehicles are currently in attendance at a fire on the fourth floor of a high-rise building.

Emergency services at the scene of a tower block fire in Stourbridge -Credit:Helen Jones
Emergency services at the scene of a tower block fire in Stourbridge -Credit:Helen Jones

"This fire, in a flat, was confirmed to be out at 1.36pm. A man who was rescued by our crews has been taken to hospital. One further resident of a nearby flat was led to safety by firefighters with no injuries.

"This incident has been scaled down. The remaining crews are checking for smoke logging in neighbouring flats and conducting welfare checks." BirminghamLive has contacted West Midlands Police for more information.