PC Justin Robbie and firefighters bravely rescued two men who were dangling from a window amid a huge fire (Picture: PA / Avon and Somerset Police)
Two men who were hanging on for dear life to a 16th floor window ledge of a tower block as a fire raged inside were miraculously brought to safety.
The pair were left dangling from the building after they were forced to flee the block of council flats when the fire broke out.
Dramatic footage captured the moment firefighters and a police officer managed to rescue the men from Twinnell House in Bristol.
Tragically one man – Abdul Jabar Oryakhel – had already fallen to his death in a desperate attempt to escape the blaze.
But the two other men were holding on to the outside of the ledge before they were pulled to safety and survived.
PC Justin Robbie’s bodycam video showed him bravely smash the block’s corridor windows with his truncheon to get to the men after storming the building to reach them.
A firefighter then proceeds to kick in the window frame to make space for the men to climb through and escape the fire.
The scene of a fire on the top floor of Twinnell House in Bristol (Picture: PA)
The two men were clinging on to the ledge outside the building (Picture: Avon & Somerset Police)
After helping the men through, PC Robbie then immediately calls for an ambulance to greet one of the men who was injured during the ordeal.
The police officer was subsequently nominated for a National Police Bravery Award for his actions in the early hours of September 25 last year.
PC Justin Robbie, said: ‘It is an honour to be recognised with this nomination but, like all officers, we don’t do it for the awards.
‘I acted on my training and my automatic response kicked in.
One man died after falling from a window while trying to escape and eight people were injured (Picture: SWNS)
‘When everyone is running away from the danger, we run towards it.
‘Sadly, one person had already died and all I could think about was “I need to get in there and make sure no-one else is hurt”.
‘I didn’t think about my own safety, I just acted and luckily I was able to get to those two men and get them out safely.
‘It is fantastic to be able to say I saved someone’s life by being there.’
PC Justin Robbie has been nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards 2023 (Picture: Avon & Somerset Police)
During the fire, which was caused by an electric bike inside a top floor flat, 90 people were evacuated from the building with eight taken to hospital for treatment.
Seven of those were suffering from smoke inhalation while one sustained minor burns. Three other people were treated by paramedics at the scene.
Avon Fire and Rescue area manager Steve Quinton, carried out an investigation and said: ‘Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by the fire at Twinnell House.
‘I’d like to thank police, ambulance, the council and those in the community that supported us throughout the incident.
‘Fire investigation commenced in daylight hours on Sunday morning. Fire Investigators, supported by a fire investigation dog, at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, identified the cause of the fire as accidental, due to an electric bike.
‘Fire investigation revealed that smoke alarms were provided in the property and electrics wired in by the landlords.’
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