Mother throws baby out of window
PUBLISHED: 12:52 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 11 August 2010
A TERRIFIED mother had to throw her baby out of the window after a cruel arson attack on a block of flats. The blaze was started in the bin area of a block of flats in the Clarksons, Boundary Road, Barking, at 1am on Friday, April 4 at 1am. The ground flo
A TERRIFIED mother had to throw her baby out of the window after a cruel arson attack on a block of flats.
The blaze was started in the bin area of a block of flats in the Clarksons, Boundary Road, Barking, at 1am on Friday, April 4 at 1am.
The ground floor resident, who did not want to be named, said she noticed the fire when she woke up late Thursday night to make herself a cup of tea.
"I saw a really bright light and I went out to investigate. When I opened the door I saw the flames.
"I had to throw my three children out in the garden, one is nine months old.
"Can you imagine a nine-month-old baby being thrown into the garden? I could have hurt him really badly.
"We just thought we were going to die. It was all so scary. All of my children are traumatised.
"If I did not wake up at that time we would have all probably been dead.
"Just thinking about it - I can't tell you what I feel. I keep having flashbacks."
She then called the fire brigade who arrived within a few minutes.
There have been about three fires in the building and in her garden in the ten years she has spent living in the flat.
The council has found her temporary accommodation, but she does not want to return to the old address.
She said: "We could not be as lucky next time. It's terrible. It's a nightmare living here. When I first moved here it was perfect.
"I would rather go and stand in the motorway and die there rather than someone else coming here and killing me.
She fears that the attack must have been well planned by someone mature enough to take their time and think about it.
"They took time to make it big and left the front door and the back door open so that the wind pushed the flames just in. When I jumped out in the garden I saw boxes stopping the door from closing."
Paige Taylor, 17, who lives in a flat on the first floor with her boyfriend Chris Bailey, 19, and his aunt Kelly Cetin, 32, and five children, said: "I woke up and heard noises.
"I opened the door and smoke was going through the house.
"My boyfriend Chris jumped out of the window and we were basically breathing through the window.
"The fire was blazing out of the trees from the bin tubs downstairs and it was in and out of the building. We could have died."
Police would like anyone with information or witnesses of the fire to call Detective Steve Storey at Barking and Dagenham Police on (020) 8217 5539 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on (0800) 555 111.
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