Passing police in fire rescue
Four people have been rescued from a smoke-filled flat after a kitchen fire was spotted by a passing police patrol.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said all the victims were treated for the effects of smoke after being rescued from the property in Walsall at around 2.20am.
Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer were sent to the fire in Rowley Street.
An ambulance service spokesman said: "The two women and two men were already out of the flat after being rescued by police officers.
"The four, who were all in their 30s, were asleep when the fire broke out in the kitchen. Thankfully there was little fire damage, but the flat was badly smoke-logged. The brave actions of the police officers undoubtedly contributed to the extent of the smoke inhalation being reduced."
West Midlands Police said two male officers and a female officer spotted flames and smoke billowing from the building and then dragged the occupants to safety.
Overnight force incident manager Chief Inspector Jack Hadley said: "It is without doubt that the bravery of the officers saved the lives of these four people.
"After spotting the building alight while they were patrolling the streets, they heroically fought their way into the flats without any protective equipment and no thought for their own safety.
"Thankfully, the officers were not injured and the people from the flat have now been treated and discharged from hospital."