Girl, 7, and three-month-old baby boy rescued from Somerford flat fire

Bournemouth Echo: 26 year old Sophie Lamb with her children, Ella,6, left, Preston,2, three month old Zack and Kirah,7, right. 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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10:55pm Sun 22 Dec 13

definately.maybe says...

Thoughts and prayers going out for the family involved in this horrible incident, especially this happening at Christmas time. ECHO....is there anyway we could donate/fundraise for the household involved??????
Thoughts and prayers going out for the family involved in this horrible incident, especially this happening at Christmas time. ECHO....is there anyway we could donate/fundraise for the household involved?????? definately.maybe

10:56pm Sun 22 Dec 13

twynham says...

Well done to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.
A service frequently ignored; until you need them.
Well done to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. A service frequently ignored; until you need them. twynham

11:04pm Sun 22 Dec 13

definately.maybe says...

Yes well done emergency services, I hope the children are ok
Yes well done emergency services, I hope the children are ok definately.maybe

8:50am Mon 23 Dec 13

djd says...

Thanks to Dorset Fire & Rescue everyone got out OK?
No thanks to the idiot who probably set the fire.
Some moron will have a batter Christmas than those fortunate people who escaped the fire.
Thanks to Dorset Fire & Rescue everyone got out OK? No thanks to the idiot who probably set the fire. Some moron will have a batter Christmas than those fortunate people who escaped the fire. djd

9:50am Mon 23 Dec 13

skydriver says...

twynham wrote:
Well done to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.
A service frequently ignored; until you need them.
Very well said , they should not need to strike, they should get their. Conditions without question.
Well done lads, and lasses
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: Well done to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service. A service frequently ignored; until you need them.[/p][/quote]Very well said , they should not need to strike, they should get their. Conditions without question. Well done lads, and lasses skydriver

11:39am Mon 23 Dec 13

teri10 says...

I used to live in the flats next door to these & the hallways & stairwells are concrete, there's nothing that would burn unless some brain dead little moron deliberately put some rubbish there & set fire to it. I hope they catch the stupid idiot, who didn't seem to care that he/she was putting lives at risk. Thank god those children are safe, just hope they are ok & well done to the fire brigade.
I used to live in the flats next door to these & the hallways & stairwells are concrete, there's nothing that would burn unless some brain dead little moron deliberately put some rubbish there & set fire to it. I hope they catch the stupid idiot, who didn't seem to care that he/she was putting lives at risk. Thank god those children are safe, just hope they are ok & well done to the fire brigade. teri10

1:02pm Mon 23 Dec 13

60plus says...

Well done to the fire service give them the pay increase they deserve ,hope the children have a great Christmas .
Well done to the fire service give them the pay increase they deserve ,hope the children have a great Christmas . 60plus

4:49pm Mon 23 Dec 13

peggyfluff says...

3 month old boy and 7 year old are both fine so is dad. Thank you firemen for getting them out safely. Clean up starts for the family now. No a good way to start Christmas such a lovely family. Hope they get the idiots that started it.
3 month old boy and 7 year old are both fine so is dad. Thank you firemen for getting them out safely. Clean up starts for the family now. No a good way to start Christmas such a lovely family. Hope they get the idiots that started it. peggyfluff

6:31pm Mon 23 Dec 13

definately.maybe says...

peggyfluff wrote:
3 month old boy and 7 year old are both fine so is dad. Thank you firemen for getting them out safely. Clean up starts for the family now. No a good way to start Christmas such a lovely family. Hope they get the idiots that started it.
What a relief that the children and dad are ok. Do you know was there much damage/do they need anything in particular?
[quote][p][bold]peggyfluff[/bold] wrote: 3 month old boy and 7 year old are both fine so is dad. Thank you firemen for getting them out safely. Clean up starts for the family now. No a good way to start Christmas such a lovely family. Hope they get the idiots that started it.[/p][/quote]What a relief that the children and dad are ok. Do you know was there much damage/do they need anything in particular? definately.maybe

6:33pm Mon 23 Dec 13

chelsea53 says...

Good news this ended safely. But why are 4 children living in an upper floor flat? Not fair on the poor kids. Come on housing association give this family a house.
Good news this ended safely. But why are 4 children living in an upper floor flat? Not fair on the poor kids. Come on housing association give this family a house. chelsea53

7:30pm Mon 23 Dec 13

stevobath says...

chelsea53 wrote:
Good news this ended safely. But why are 4 children living in an upper floor flat? Not fair on the poor kids. Come on housing association give this family a house.
Some families do not even have a home, so I'm sure they are happy to at least have a place to live? Anyway, lot's of families live in houses. Last time I looked, they had upstairs as well as downstairs...

Everyone is safe. That's more important than anything else.
[quote][p][bold]chelsea53[/bold] wrote: Good news this ended safely. But why are 4 children living in an upper floor flat? Not fair on the poor kids. Come on housing association give this family a house.[/p][/quote]Some families do not even have a home, so I'm sure they are happy to at least have a place to live? Anyway, lot's of families live in houses. Last time I looked, they had upstairs as well as downstairs... Everyone is safe. That's more important than anything else. stevobath

11:27pm Mon 23 Dec 13

teri10 says...

Get the facts right Echo, there are 3 floors in these flats, ground, first & second. Not four floors as you have printed! Nice to see that the family are safe & unharmed.
Get the facts right Echo, there are 3 floors in these flats, ground, first & second. Not four floors as you have printed! Nice to see that the family are safe & unharmed. teri10

12:31am Tue 24 Dec 13

Luna11 says...

Im glad they are all safe but as 7yr old Kirahs father am am mortified to find out about this via a facebook post, so much much I dont even know what to write this I cant believe I didnt get told about my daught being in this serious situation :, (
Im glad they are all safe but as 7yr old Kirahs father am am mortified to find out about this via a facebook post, so much much I dont even know what to write this I cant believe I didnt get told about my daught being in this serious situation :, ( Luna11

9:21am Tue 24 Dec 13

steve518 says...

Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.
Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many. steve518

11:24am Tue 24 Dec 13

twynham says...

steve518 wrote:
Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.
Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house.
I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first!
Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child.
We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it.
Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps.
Happy Christmas!
[quote][p][bold]steve518[/bold] wrote: Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.[/p][/quote]Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house. I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first! Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child. We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it. Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps. Happy Christmas! twynham

12:28pm Tue 24 Dec 13

definately.maybe says...

Hmm I say don't judge. Each to their own. Kids look very well presented and what the family have been through is not nice. I hope they salvaged their belongings and the most important thing is they are ok.
Hmm I say don't judge. Each to their own. Kids look very well presented and what the family have been through is not nice. I hope they salvaged their belongings and the most important thing is they are ok. definately.maybe

1:55pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Luna11 says...

twynham wrote:
steve518 wrote:
Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.
Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house.
I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first!
Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child.
We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it.
Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps.
Happy Christmas!
Twynham that's my daughter your talking about you ****, how dare you point a finger as to how my daughter is going to turn out you know nothing of how she is as a person but I can tell you one thing she is a better person than you because she doesn't tar everyone with the same brush but if what your going by is true then your mum must be a grade A ****!!! P.S. stick your happy Christmas up your are! !!
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve518[/bold] wrote: Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.[/p][/quote]Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house. I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first! Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child. We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it. Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps. Happy Christmas![/p][/quote]Twynham that's my daughter your talking about you ****, how dare you point a finger as to how my daughter is going to turn out you know nothing of how she is as a person but I can tell you one thing she is a better person than you because she doesn't tar everyone with the same brush but if what your going by is true then your mum must be a grade A ****!!! P.S. stick your happy Christmas up your are! !! Luna11

5:08pm Tue 24 Dec 13

stevobath says...

Luna11 wrote:
twynham wrote:
steve518 wrote:
Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.
Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house.
I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first!
Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child.
We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it.
Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps.
Happy Christmas!
Twynham that's my daughter your talking about you ****, how dare you point a finger as to how my daughter is going to turn out you know nothing of how she is as a person but I can tell you one thing she is a better person than you because she doesn't tar everyone with the same brush but if what your going by is true then your mum must be a grade A ****!!! P.S. stick your happy Christmas up your are! !!
Pointless trying to get through to these idiots who believe everything they are fed by Mail/Express/Sun etc.

Nasty & spiteful people who live in 'Ivory Towers'. Strange thing is, lots of those who criticise & pass judgement are of a generation who might well have been raised in a Council house & then took advantage of 'SUBSIDISED HOUSING' sold to them on the cheap for peanuts.
This has led to lack of social housing. Thatcher created a monster & obsession in UK with regards to home owning & a false idea of 'social mobility' linked solely to money/property & thus greed.


Best wishes to you & your' Daughter.
[quote][p][bold]Luna11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve518[/bold] wrote: Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.[/p][/quote]Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house. I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first! Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child. We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it. Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps. Happy Christmas![/p][/quote]Twynham that's my daughter your talking about you ****, how dare you point a finger as to how my daughter is going to turn out you know nothing of how she is as a person but I can tell you one thing she is a better person than you because she doesn't tar everyone with the same brush but if what your going by is true then your mum must be a grade A ****!!! P.S. stick your happy Christmas up your are! !![/p][/quote]Pointless trying to get through to these idiots who believe everything they are fed by Mail/Express/Sun etc. Nasty & spiteful people who live in 'Ivory Towers'. Strange thing is, lots of those who criticise & pass judgement are of a generation who might well have been raised in a Council house & then took advantage of 'SUBSIDISED HOUSING' sold to them on the cheap for peanuts. This has led to lack of social housing. Thatcher created a monster & obsession in UK with regards to home owning & a false idea of 'social mobility' linked solely to money/property & thus greed. Best wishes to you & your' Daughter. stevobath

5:30pm Tue 24 Dec 13

stevobath says...

twynham wrote:
steve518 wrote:
Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.
Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house.
I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first!
Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child.
We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it.
Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps.
Happy Christmas!
Reflects on you then, as you've contributed to upbringing of YOUR' daughter & so on.
What a warped narrow view you have. I pity you.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve518[/bold] wrote: Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.[/p][/quote]Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house. I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first! Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child. We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it. Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps. Happy Christmas![/p][/quote]Reflects on you then, as you've contributed to upbringing of YOUR' daughter & so on. What a warped narrow view you have. I pity you. stevobath

4:00pm Fri 27 Dec 13

peggyfluff says...

twynham wrote:
steve518 wrote:
Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.
Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house.
I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first!
Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child.
We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it.
Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps.
Happy Christmas!
You have no idea what ur talking about!! Sophie is 1 of the nicest people around she is also an amazing mum to those kids. Who cares if they have 2 different dads, they are loved and looked after. Not once has sophie said she cant afford a bigger place or even that she wants a bigger place. She makes the most of what she has. She doesnt judge people which makes her a better person than you.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve518[/bold] wrote: Glad everyone is ok hope you all have a good Christmas. Don't understand comments a about giving them a house. 26, 4 children, judging by one of the comments multiple fathers. Why not have the children when you can afford a house. If you can't afford the space don't have so many.[/p][/quote]Because with our screwed up social service system breeding is the best way to get a house. I know, my 22 yr old single parent granddaughter's just been given one after her second child which she planned for after the birth of her first! Strangely, she cannot understand why I consider no benefit should be paid after second child. We now have a generation who consider the only way to get on the property ladder is to procreate and for the rest of us to pay for it. Glad the kids are OK but I bet they follow in their Mother's footsteps. Happy Christmas![/p][/quote]You have no idea what ur talking about!! Sophie is 1 of the nicest people around she is also an amazing mum to those kids. Who cares if they have 2 different dads, they are loved and looked after. Not once has sophie said she cant afford a bigger place or even that she wants a bigger place. She makes the most of what she has. She doesnt judge people which makes her a better person than you. peggyfluff

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