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Man braves ‘exploding fire’ as he kicks door down in Hyson Green house rescue

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A man put his life on the line when he battled through a fire that ‘exploded’ to rescue people inside a house. Hassam Hammad described how he kicked down a door to pull the occupants out of the property.

Mr Hammad realised a garden was on fire at Aspley Place, a small row of houses off Bentinck Road between its junctions with Alfreton Road and Peveril Street, on the border of Hyson Green and Radford.

Mr Hammad, who lives in the Oak View block of flats in nearby Hartley Road, noticed what was happening as he went on a walk to get his groceries. He told Nottinghamshire Live he first noticed a fence on fire and that he then ran over to try to make sure everyone in the building nearby was safe.

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After kicking down the back door to the garden, he desperately started banging on the door of the property to try to get anyone still in there out before the fire spread. After pulling out one man who came out of the building, he ran back in to try and rescue others. But Mr Hammad was left injured and suffered burns in the process.

Mr Hammad said: “I was walking past to get some groceries and I saw a fire, it was in the garden. I looked at it and it was catching fire on the fence and I thought ‘that’s not right’. So I ran to the back door to the garden and I kicked it straight through. I started banging on the door while the fire was going on and it was still very hot.

“I hurt myself while I was trying to barge down the door. As I walked in, one guy came out – I pulled him out and went back in to look for more people. Then the fire exploded and that’s how I got burned on this arm [his left arm]. I managed to get all of the neighbours out of the building.”

The 39-year-old had to be treated for burns on both of his arms after the incident and had bandages on them after being treated by paramedics at the scene. The street was cordoned off by police and fire crews.

For a time there was no access from nearby Alfreton Road to Bentinck Road or Aspley Place. Mr Hammad said that most other people nearby didn’t go to help or even call the emergency services, instead “stood there filming on their mobile phones”.



Firefighters at the scene in Hyson Green on Friday, April 22
Firefighters at the scene in Hyson Green on Friday, April 22

Mr Hammad continued: “It started in the garden but then it quickly spread. They told me that I could go to the hospital but that I might be waiting for hours, but I want to go home now. The only thing that I was thinking about was if there was an old person or a child who couldn’t get out, I wasn’t thinking of myself or anyone else.”

The fire was reported just after 1pm on Friday, April 22. Flames spread to three cars and a nearby house. Local businesses were disrupted while Bentinck Road was taped off.

Akam Rahmani, who owns the Stokrotka Shop, in Bentinck Road, wasn’t in when the fire started. But he said: “I had my staff member tell me that customers aren’t coming through because of everything that is happening. I’ve run the business for the past five or six years. I have a fully stocked shop and no customers because of it.”

Witness Amil Hussain, 55, who was walking nearby, added: ‘It looks very serious. They have cordoned off a lot of the roads. But I haven’t seen any smoke or anything.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “There has been a garden fire at Aspley Place. We received a call at 13.02 today. We’ve got two fire engines there from Stockhill and one from London Road. The garden fire spread to three cars and also a house.

“We’ve got two firefighters with breathing apparatus committed and a hose reel jet has been used. We’ve got one male casualty who is conscious with burn injuries and he’s being treated by East Midlands Ambulance Service.”

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