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Girl, 7, and three-month-old baby boy rescued from Somerford flat fire
26 year old Sophie Lamb with her children, Ella,6, left, Preston,2, three month old Zack and Kirah,7, right.
A LITTLE girl and her baby brother were dramatically rescued from a fourth-floor window following a hallway blaze on Sunday.
Firefighters scaled a block of flats in Dorset Road, Somerford, to help Kirah Lamb, seven, and three-month-old Zack to safety at around 9pm.
Mum Sophie, 26, had left her home for minutes with her other children, Preston, two, and Ella, six, while boyfriend Wayne Durno stayed at home.
She was forced to watch in horror from the street outside as Kirah and Zack were helped out of a window by firemen, while Wayne was able to leave on foot after the flames were extinguished.
She said: “It was just the most frightening thing you can imagine.
“All you want to do is rush over, but you have to stand back and let the fire brigade do their job. Everyone was so amazing but it was awful to see.”
But the climb held no fear for Kirah - as it's the second time she has been carried to safety following a fire.
Sophie said: “When she was a baby, there was a big fire in the flat downstairs and we both had to go out of the window because there wasn't another way out.
“She was very brave about it.”
Residents were trapped in the housing association property after the wires operating the electric door melted in the fire.
Tom Taylor, 26, was forced to barge through the back door of the property after finding his way blocked.
He said: “I heard this massive boom, like an explosion.
“The dogs were going mental and as I looked up the stairwell all I could see were flames and smoke. I banged on my neighbours' doors and got them out, but we couldn't get through the front door so I had to force my way through the back.”
Denise Terry, 40, and partner Jon Jones, 38, moved into their flat the day before the blaze.
They believe it may have started after they left cardboard boxes folded up in the hallway.
Denise said: “We just heard a bang - we don't seem to have any communal alarms in the building.
“The door was hot to the touch and we couldn't get out. We just had to stand by the open windows and wait for the firemen to tell us when it was safe to come out.”
Police and the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.
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