A 22-YEAR-OLD has been charged with arson after three police officers risked their lives to rescue a woman from a burning house in Swansea.
The officers carried out the heroic act after they were called to a property in Severn Road, Clase.
They found the house ablaze but entered and battled through thick smoke to rescue a woman from a bedroom.
The woman and the three officers were taken to Morriston Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
Morriston-based officers – Sergeant Paul Rees, PC Tony Phipps and PC Joanne Williams – have all been praised for their actions.
Chief Inspector Tony McAlinden of Morriston Police Station said: “The brave actions of the officers undoubtedly saved the life of this woman.
“The officers entered a smoke-filled house and rescued the woman. They even re-entered the terraced house in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining properties before being supported by the fire service who extinguished the fire.
“This was an outstanding act of bravery by the three officers who will be commended for their actions and decision-making at the scene.”
The 22-year-old woman charged with arson in connection with the incident appeared before Swansea Magistrates today. She will appear at Swansea Crown Court on April 14.