'I would have had to jump' says man rescued from burning building in Winchester's Jewry Street

Alex Mutulescu being rescued in Jewry Street, Winchester. Photo by Sam W.R. Quested

Alex Mutulescu

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THE MAN rescued from the balcony of a burning building said he would have had to jump had firefighters not saved him.

Alex Mutulescu was plucked from the outside of his flat on Jewry Street in Winchester after a fire started in a neighbouring home, filling the building with smoke.

Mr Mutulescu, 24, was awoken by a smoke alarm and ran to the communal landing where he found smoke pouring from the doorway of the neighbouring flat, yesterday afternoon.

Unable to escape down the building's staircase, his only option was to clamber on to the balcony of his home and call 999.

He said: "There was just so much smoke coming out on to the stairwell, I had no choice but to run back into my flat, shut the door and climb outside.

"My only other option was to jump from the balcony but it was too high so I called the emergency services.

"The fire engines were here so quickly. In a couple of minutes they were outside my flat and had put up a ladder to help me."They helped bring me down and away from the fire. I am so grateful for their actions and want to send my thanks to the crews who got there so quickly and saved my life."

Hampshire Chronicle: Alex Mutulescu

Alex, who works in a local takeaway, was treated for minor smoke inhalation but was otherwise unharmed.

There was no-one in the flat in which the fire started.

Fire investigation teams are todayat the property working to try and establish what caused the blaze, which is not being treated as suspicious.

Station Manager Alex Rhodes, officer in charge of the incident, said the crews' work not only saved the resident's life but also the historic listed buildings on Jewry Street.

He said: "The actions of the crews in making it to the location quickly and reaching the man on the balcony helped save his life.

"The crews who then went inside the building to fight the fire performed brilliantly to stop it spreading to the neighbouring terraced properties.

"We'd also like to thank our colleagues in the police and ambulance services for their assistance in tackling this incident."

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2:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Well done to winchester fire service your amazing guys saving yet another life
Well done to winchester fire service your amazing guys saving yet another life chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: 23

4:09pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Brite Spark says...

Yes it's such a long way down.
Yes it's such a long way down. Brite Spark
  • Score: -21

5:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

solomum says...

Thank goodness for these wonderful fireman who risk their lives daily to save others. So pleased this had a happy outcome. It shows how valuable a working smoke alarm is.
Thank goodness for these wonderful fireman who risk their lives daily to save others. So pleased this had a happy outcome. It shows how valuable a working smoke alarm is. solomum
  • Score: 14

9:33pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Yes it's such a long way down.
Not so Brite that comment, of course you would of jumped saving the Fire Service a job and casually walked off no doubt. Spiteful in the extreme.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Yes it's such a long way down.[/p][/quote]Not so Brite that comment, of course you would of jumped saving the Fire Service a job and casually walked off no doubt. Spiteful in the extreme. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 9

10:20pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

He's lucky it wasn't 65 year old firefighter what got him down.When wil C'moron grow up.
He's lucky it wasn't 65 year old firefighter what got him down.When wil C'moron grow up. Inform Al
  • Score: 6

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