'Hero paramedic' rescues elderly woman from building fire in Durban

A brave paramedic rescued an elderly woman after a block of flats in Noble Road, opposite the Berea Centre in Durban, was engulfed by flames on Saturday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said. 

Rescue Care paramedic Ian Wessels, who rescued the woman, was returning to the base on Saturday afternoon when he saw smoke and bystanders flagged him down, said spokesperson Garrith Jamieson.

According to Jamieson, Wessels immediately called the Durban Fire department to investigate.  

"A security guard informed him that there was a sick lady that was on the third floor [and] without any hesitation, Ian, who has previous firefighting experience, entered the building. 

Elderly woman rescued from a fire that ripped thro

Elderly woman rescued from burning building. Pic: Supplied

"He managed to rescue the elderly lady who was then carried down the stairs and then to a waiting ambulance. 

"The woman was stabilised on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital. The Durban Fire department worked "quickly" to extinguish the blaze, Jamieson said. 

Management applauded his actions.

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