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Family rescued from house fire

PUBLISHED: 13:29 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010

WHEN a terrified family were trapped inside their burning home, the quick reactions of a brave young man ensured that everybody escaped with their lives. Lee Rosenfeld, 23, has been dubbed a hero by Mrs Adeleke, who was trapped inside with her son and

WHEN a terrified family were trapped inside their burning home, the quick reactions of a brave young man ensured that everybody escaped with their lives.

Lee Rosenfeld, 23, has been dubbed a 'hero' by Mrs Adeleke, who was trapped inside with her son and daughter when their home in Homestead Road, Dagenham, was petrol bombed in the early hours of the morning of Sunday, January 27.

Working as a night assistant at Morrisons at the time, Lee was outside the back of the store when he saw smoke coming from the Adeleke's house.

He went to investigate and, realising the property was on fire, ran back to the store to fetch buckets of water.

When it became clear that he would not be able to tackle the blaze himself, Lee ran around the house banging on the windows to wake the sleeping family.

He then jumped over the fence to the back of the property and was relieved to find Mrs Adeleke and her children gathered in the back garden.

Speaking to the POST after the fire, Mrs Adeleke said: "If it was not for that man we probably would not be here today.

"I want to say a really big thank you to him for saving our lives."

When asked how he feels about being branded a hero, Lee replied: "I don't think I did anything anyone that else wouldn't do.

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