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Man drags mattress onto street to help woman caught in flat fire

A local resident from Tipton has described the moment he dragged his mattress from his bedroom onto the street for a neighbour to jump onto after a flat fire.

Two people escaped the blaze, which was described as 'serious'.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the fire overnight.

Gurvinder Takhar has been speaking to ITV News Central about the moment.

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Couple escape serious flat fire in Tipton overnight

A couple have escaped a serious flat fire in Tividale in Tipton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the blaze just after 11:30pm yesterday.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze.

Crews arrived on scene to find a property already well ablaze.

Two people, believed to be in their thirties, had apparently jumped to safety from a third floor window.

A woman was treated for smoke inhalation and conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Medics also treated a man for a fractured leg. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, leg splint and placed on an orthopaedic stretcher before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

20 firefighters tackle flat blaze overnight in Tipton

More than 20 firefighters attended a serious fire in a block of flats in Tividale in Tipton overnight.

It happened during the latest wave of firefighters strikes.

This was a serious fire in a low-rise block of flats, which had the potential to be a great deal worse.

It happened half-way through the latest one-hour strike by firefighters. However, our contingency plans were in place which meant that we were able to send five fire crews and one of our hydraulic platforms to the scene. They quickly put in place assertive tactics to deal with the fire safely and effectively.

At the end of the strike, when our night crews returned to duty across the brigade at midnight, a number attended the scene to support our contingency arrangements.

The fire affected all of the flat in which it started. Our expert fire investigators will be looking into what caused it.

– Area Commander Simon Shilton (Emergency Response) of WMFS

A man and a woman jumped from third storey windows to escape the blaze. Both were treated at the scene and taken to hospital.

Little leukaemia survivor walks again - the moment his parents thought they would never see

A three-year-old from Tipton who found a bone marrow match after a national campaign has taken his first steps following his life saving operation.

His proud parents have released the footage, courtesy of BPM Media, to encourage others to sign up to the bone marrow register.

Gaurav Bains spent almost six months recovering from the operation and was recorded by his parents as he learned to walk all over again.

His mother Gurprit said: "It was overwhelming seeing him walk – it was just as precious as when he took his first ever steps.

He still needs physiotherapy because his muscles tightened as he spent three months in a hospital bed."

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Marriage important 'to be equal' say newly-wed couple

Two women made history today when they became the first couple to have a same sex marriage at a register office in the Midlands.

Rebecca and Sarah Billington-Green were married just hours after a change in the law allowing people of the same sex to be married rather than have a civil partnership.

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