A workman who appeared to be trapped on a burning high-rise building in Reading was lifted to safety by a crane, footage has shown.
Two people were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation after the large fire broke out at the Station Hill development site in the Berkshire town on Thursday morning.
One video appeared to show a person who was trapped on the roof being lifted to safety by a crane, before crowds below broke out in applause.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received reports of the blaze near Napier Road at 11.38am.
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It said: “A number of our crews are currently on the scene. While emergency services work, we ask that people avoid the area where possible and close windows and doors if you live or work nearby.”
A South Central Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “I can confirm we’ve taken two people to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for further assessment and treatment for smoke inhalation, neither of whom were severe cases.
“We are now on stand-by supporting the fire service (which is a standard operational procedure when they are working at height and at scale).
“We have our hazardous area response team, an ambulance, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance critical care car, an operational commander, a tactical adviser and a tactical commander at the scene.”
Redwood Consulting, on behalf of Station Hill, said: “We activated our fire emergency plans immediately, the emergency services were notified and are currently on site.
“The safety of those on site and the wider public is always our first priority, and the site has been evacuated as a result.”