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Police officers commended for West Hampstead fire bravery

Constables evacuated residents as smoke billowed from Rowley Way estate flat

22 May, 2017 — By William McLennan

The fire on the Rowley Way estate last November

TWO police officers who led dozens of people to safety as a fire ripped through a flat in West Hampstead have been commended for their bravery.

Police constables Daryl Smith and James Gomm evacuated around 40 people from their homes in Rowley Way on November 5 last year after a group of teenagers launched a firework through the window of one flat.

The two officers had been on an undercover patrol in the area and became suspicious when they saw the teenagers fleeing the scene. Presenting the award at the Town Hall on Friday, chief inspector Ian Howells said: “Smoke was already billowing and the fire had well and truly taken hold in a short period of time. The officers immedi­ately responded and found that the flat was already well alight. They took action and started to evacuate members of the public from surrounding flats.”

He added: “Conditions deteriorated significantly with thick smoke billowing from the area, which affected both officers. Regardless of this they continued to raise the alarm and evacuate members of the public, including those who were disabled.”

The work of PCs Mo Nabi and Simon King was also commended at the ceremony after they risked their lives to stop a man jumping from the Euston Road overpass.

Praising the two officers, Detective Chief Inspector Steven Heatley said: “PC King had to quickly stop all the traffic flowing beneath the bridge and PC Nabi, scaled the railing, grabbed hold of the man and dragged him to safety.”

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