Fire hero Leslie Grantham

Leslie Grantham has been hailed a hero after helping dozens of people escape from a burning building.

The former 'EastEnders' star who played 'Dirty' Den Watts in the BBC soap had been staying with a friend at an apartment block in Swansea when he noticed the blaze had broken out inside.

So he escaped the room and knocked on the doors of other residents, urging them to seek safety.

One said: "Leslie was great, he banged on all the doors telling people to get out. By the time he escaped there was loads of smoke and we could hear the fire engines coming.

"I know he is famous for playing the bad guy but in this case he was a real hero."

Fireman Gary Williams added: "Before we arrived there was still one person trapped inside. The gentleman managed to escape and was standing outside when we got to the scene.

"I can confirm that this gentleman was Mr Grantham. I would like to compliment him on his actions, in which he went around the other flats telling people about the fire. He acted heroically."

The blaze was caused by an electrical fault.

Source - Virign Media

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