Pregnant woman rescued by firefighters after becoming wedged in window at Hastings flat

A PREGNANT woman had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming wedged in a window.

The woman, who was bathing her two young children at her Cornwallis Gardens flat, discovered she was trapped inside the bathroom after the door handle fell off.

In a desperate bid to escape she leaned out of the window to call for help but the window dropped down trapping her.

Luckily, her friend heard her calls for help and contacted the fire brigade, which sent both a fire engine and the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) to the flat on Saturday afternoon just before 4.50pm.

Crews carried out a two-pronged approach by forcing entry into the block of flats while calming the lady down from the outside of the property by using the ALP. One of the crew members managed to hold the window open for her from the outside enabling her to free herself.

Other firefighters got into the flat via the bathroom and were on hand to provide first aid at the scene and give her oxygen.

The woman, who is five months pregnant, was then taken off to hospital as a precautionary measure.

The two crews remained at the woman’s home for just over an hour rescuing her and securing the premises.

Dan Burnett, crew commander from Bohemia Road Fire Station, said: “It is always a good idea for people in rented accommodation to retain their safety through maintenance. They can always seek advice from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service regarding fire safety issues too.”

Do you know the woman concerned? Email Richard Gladstone at the Observer at richard.gladstone@jpress.co.uk.