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Firefighter saved Grenfell families from tower days after starting the job

A firefighter at the Grenfell Tower blaze. Credit: PA

A newly-qualified firefighter has described how she went into the burning Grenfell Tower to save residents after just five days in the job.

April Cachia, 26, managed to help more than 20 people escape the disaster, despite have finished her training less than a week earlier.

"This was the first proper job really where I have seen actual flames," she told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Conditions in the staircase were so cramped that fire crews were told they could stay outside to help or go into the burning building without their full breathing apparatus and just their eye gear.

Ms Cachia, who is based at Shoreditch fire station, decided to enter the flats with her partner and ended up helping people up on the 10th floor.

"You are so blinded by how serious it is, that you just get on with it and do the best you can," she said.

"I've never seen so many people work so hard in all my life."

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