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The heart-stopping moment an arsonist is dragged from a burning building

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Original article from Kent Live

A video has captured the heart-stopping moment a Kent police officer dragged an arsonist from a burning building.

The dramatic footage caught on a body-worn camera shows the flames engulfing a building in Sellindge while officers try to get a man to leave.

Sergeant James Cattermole and his colleague PC Louis Southon had raced to Brook Lane Cottages, near Folkestone, at 12.40am on Monday (May 3).

They had reports Christopher Pain may have a knife and was threatening to hurt himself.

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When they arrived they found the building was locked and tried to check he was okay through a window.

But Pain, 57, refused to talk, shouted abuse and then ignited a fire in the property's living room.

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Sgt Cattermole smashed a window, climbed through and dragged Pain to the building's back door, which was locked.

But Pain resisted, refusing the leave the burning building.

The building was engulfed in flames

Next the video captures Sgt Cattermole trying to evacuate them out of the front door, which was barricaded with cardboard boxes.

With the building filling with smoke, Mr Cattermole can be heard in the kitchen shouting "Chris come on" and urged his colleague PC Southon to smash the back door window.

The two officers dragged Pain out of the building through the broken window.

More police officers and a team from Kent Fire and Rescue Service rushed to the scene and neighbouring properties were evacuated.

The property suffered extensive damage, but thankfully no one was seriously injured.

Pain, of Brook Lane, Sellindge, was arrested and taken to hospital as a precaution before being charged.

Christopher-Pain

Praising the police officers' bravery, Chief Inspector Alice Ames, Folkestone and Hythe District Commander, said: "Every day, police officers are the first at the scene of unpredictable and dangerous incidents.

"Their first thought is always to maintain the safety of the public and preserve life.

"The response of the two officers who attended this call, which I believe saved the offender's life, is yet another example of the bravery and professionalism so often shown by our team.

James Cattermole

"I hope the jail sentence handed down at court gives Christopher Pain a chance to reflect on his actions and, upon his release, he will no longer endanger himself, others or members of the emergency services."

Pain was jailed for four years and ordered to serve an extra two years on licence at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday (July 16) after admitting arson at a previous hearing.

In his sentencing remarks, His Honour Judge Simon James commended Sergeant Cattermole's quick-thinking and bravery to get Pain out of the building.

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