Four injured and 21 evacuated after fire at flats

MORE than 20 residents in a Stapleford block of flats had to be housed in temporary shelters after they were evacuated because of a fire this weekend.

During the early hours of Sunday, Nottinghamshire fire service evacuated a total of 21 people from the residential complex in Gibbons Avenue.

A man, woman and three-year-old girl, who were the occupants of the flat where the fire started, were rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where they were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Another person received treatment at the scene for minor injuries, following the fire which started at about 5.40am.

No one else was injured.

The fire was extinguished but residents of the building were evacuated as a precaution.

The British Red Cross was on scene and a temporary shelter was built while structural engineers assessed the damage.

Residents of two of the four flats returned home at about 10am.

The other two flats were extensively damaged in the fire and alternative accommodation is being provided for those residents, said Nottinghamshire police.

The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious.