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Family of seven escapes house fire
A FAMILY of seven had a lucky escape this morning after a fire broke out in a upstairs bedroom.
The scene of the fire at Chestnut Grove in Roddymoor, near Crook
After being woken by the smoke alarm, the parents rescued their five young children and escaped from the house on Chestnut Grove in Roddymoor,near Crook , County Durham.
The youngsters, who are aged between one and seven, and their parents were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital and the University Hospital of North Durham suffering from smoke inhalation.
Two fire engines from Crook attended the incident at 9.30am and used four breathing apparatus, two hose reels and a positive pressure ventilation unit to put out the blaze, which gutted the back bedroom and caused significant smoke damage throughout the property.
District manager John Walkden said the cause of the fire was still under investigation and praised the family for their quick actions.
“This really demonstrates the importance of having a working smoke alarm and carrying out regular tests,” he said.
For free fire safety advice contact the Community Safety Team on 0191-3324222.