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Mum and baby escape fire blaze

PUBLISHED: 17:25 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 11 August 2010

A MOTHER and baby were forced to flee from a burning flat when a kitchen fire got out of control. The woman dialled 999 after the blaze broke out in Ibscott Close, Dagenham, last Tuesday (April 15). Fire crews were called to the second floor flat at 8.20p

A MOTHER and baby were forced to flee from a burning flat when a kitchen fire got out of control.

The woman dialled 999 after the blaze broke out in Ibscott Close, Dagenham, last Tuesday (April 15).

Fire crews were called to the second floor flat at 8.20pm but were not sure whether there was anyone inside.

They donned breathing apparatus and carried out a full search of the property, but then found that the woman and baby had already left before they arrived.

Crews restricted the flames to the kitchen, but there was extensive smoke damage throughout the property.

Because the stairwell of the block was full of smoke, firefighters advised residents of other flats to stay inside for their own safety.

Michael Segun, 30, who lives on the first floor of the three storey block, said: "I went out just before the fire started and when I came back the fire brigade was everywhere.

"I was really scared, and was asking if anyone had been hurt.

"The stairwell was full of smoke and it was about 9pm before I could go back inside."

The blaze is thought to have started in a chip pan.


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