Bus driver parks up to allow man in burning building to jump onto roof!

Published Friday, Feb 13 2015, 19:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
A bus driver has been hailed as a hero after saving a man trapped in a fire – by using his double-decker as an escape route.

Andy Waterman had dropped off his last lot of passengers and was driving back to the bus depot in Braintree, Essex, when he was flagged down by a group of people. They were surrounding a burning building and he immediately spotted the man stuck in the smoke.

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The quick-thinking 48-year-old immediately parked his bus about four to five feet away from the window and allowed the unnamed man to jump onto the roof and away from the flames.

He was quoted in the Daily Mail explaining: "I decided I had to do something because the fire brigade hadn't arrived at that point.

"It was about six feet lower than the building but he managed it alright."

The poor man had been in the shower and wasn't wearing any clothes during the rescue mission.

Andy said: "He was shivering pretty badly then – from fear and the freezing cold. But otherwise he was uninjured and paramedics took him away for a check-up after firemen got him down from the roof of my bus."

A spokesperson for Essex Fire and Rescue declared: "Without the quick-thinking of Mr Waterman this incident could have had a very different outcome."

Adrian Jones, Andy's boss from First Essex bus company, said: "We are very proud of him – he was in the right place at the right time and knew what to do. We are pleased to know that the man is OK and we all wish him a speedy recovery."

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