Dirty Den star in fire drama

Former EastEnders star Leslie Grantham was involved in a real life drama when he escaped a fire in an apartment.



The actor, famous for playing Albert Square's Dirty Den, raised the alarm with neighbours after fleeing the burning flat.

Grantham, 62, was back on stage last night after suffering smoke inhalation and a small cut to his hand.

Fire fighters dashed to the ground-floor flat in Swansea around 12.30pm yesterday after reports of a fire with someone trapped inside.

They put out the flames and used a fan to clear smoke from the apartment building in the city's Maritime Quarter. Police and ambulance service staff were also present.

One casualty was given first aid at the scene, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said.

Station manager Gary Williams told the Evening Post newspaper Grantham had escaped and was standing outside when fire crews arrived.

"He received first aid treatment from the fire service before being given to the paramedics to deal with," he said.

"I can confirm that the person involved was Mr Grantham.

"I would like to compliment Mr Grantham on his actions because once he realised that the premises was on fire he thought of the other people in the block of flats and he went round the flat knocking doors, raising the alarm to alert other people in the premises of the danger and subsequently whilst doing so suffered minor smoke inhalation and a minor injury to his hand which has been dealt with."

The fire was confined to the kitchen. An investigation showed it involved an electrical fault in a washer-drier, Mr Williams said.

The actor was staying there while appearing at the Swansea Grand Theatre in stage show Write Me a Murder.

A statement by the theatre said: "Leslie is very pleased to have escaped unharmed and sends his thanks to the fire brigade, police and paramedics who attended the fire at his rented marina apartment.

"He also wishes to extend his gratitude to the person who called the emergency services.

"Despite his experience Leslie says he is pleased to be in Swansea, and indeed, looks forward to further visits in the future."

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