VIDEO: "Hero" neighbour saves family's life as blaze destroys first floor of house

VIDEO: "Hero" neighbour saves family's life as blaze destroys first floor of house

First floor of house destroyed by blaze

VIDEO: "Hero" neighbour saves family's life as blaze destroys first floor of house

Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Sabine Szemruk who raised the alarm

Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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A SHAKEN mother has told how her neighbour saved her life when a fire started at her New Milton home.

The woman and her two teenage children fled the property in Winchester Road after "hero" neighbour Sabine Szemruk screamed to raise the alarm.

More than 35 firefighters battled the blaze overnight.

The householder who does not wish to be named said she and her 16-year-old daughter were in a downstairs room when the blaze started above them in a front bedroom.

She told the Daily Echo: "If it had not been for Sabine I dread to think what would have happened.

"We have no home because it’s completely ruined but at least we all got out alive, even the cat."

Sabine lives in the adjoining semi-detached property with her husband and two children, aged 8 and two-and-a-half.

Sabine said: "I was watching TV and I heard noises that sounded like the house next door was being burgled. 

"There was a banging noise but then there was an explosion. I opened the window and looked out and saw the smoke.

"I ran out of the house and just started screaming, my neighbour hadn't even noticed but she came out and panicked because her son was still asleep upstairs in the back bedroom.

"We all shouted and managed to wake him up and he came out of the house."

The first floor of the property was completely destroyed by fire and downstairs there has been severe smoke and water damage. The property next door also suffered smoke and water damage.

The householder is not allowed in the property.

10 breathing apparatus, two jets, two high pressure hose reels and positive pressure ventilation fans were used.

Thirty-six firefighters from New Milton, BrockenhurstLymington, Redbridge and St Mary’s attended.

The cause is currently being investigated.

 

 

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8:44am Mon 21 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

35 firefighters for a house fire?

Well over the top.
35 firefighters for a house fire? Well over the top. BIGTONE
  • Score: -27

10:04am Mon 21 Jul 14

iseestupidpeople says...

So next door heard bangs and an explosion but the home owner and family heard nothing? How strange. Still at least they got out ok. Is this really the actions of a 'hero' though?
So next door heard bangs and an explosion but the home owner and family heard nothing? How strange. Still at least they got out ok. Is this really the actions of a 'hero' though? iseestupidpeople
  • Score: 0

10:12am Mon 21 Jul 14

mac340v8 says...

iseestupidpeople wrote:
So next door heard bangs and an explosion but the home owner and family heard nothing? How strange. Still at least they got out ok. Is this really the actions of a 'hero' though?
I agree. Good Samaritan , certainly , but 'hero' is stretching journalistic expression a bit
[quote][p][bold]iseestupidpeople[/bold] wrote: So next door heard bangs and an explosion but the home owner and family heard nothing? How strange. Still at least they got out ok. Is this really the actions of a 'hero' though?[/p][/quote]I agree. Good Samaritan , certainly , but 'hero' is stretching journalistic expression a bit mac340v8
  • Score: 12

11:02am Mon 21 Jul 14

Dlt_debz says...

BIGTONE wrote:
35 firefighters for a house fire?

Well over the top.
If your house was on fire wouldn't you want all available resources to be there? As someone who has experienced my home being on fire I know jist how important it is to get as many fire fighters on the scene as possible
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: 35 firefighters for a house fire? Well over the top.[/p][/quote]If your house was on fire wouldn't you want all available resources to be there? As someone who has experienced my home being on fire I know jist how important it is to get as many fire fighters on the scene as possible Dlt_debz
  • Score: 16

12:34pm Mon 21 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Dlt_debz wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
35 firefighters for a house fire?

Well over the top.
If your house was on fire wouldn't you want all available resources to be there? As someone who has experienced my home being on fire I know jist how important it is to get as many fire fighters on the scene as possible
I wouldn't want them tripping over one another that's for sure.
[quote][p][bold]Dlt_debz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: 35 firefighters for a house fire? Well over the top.[/p][/quote]If your house was on fire wouldn't you want all available resources to be there? As someone who has experienced my home being on fire I know jist how important it is to get as many fire fighters on the scene as possible[/p][/quote]I wouldn't want them tripping over one another that's for sure. BIGTONE
  • Score: -6

1:03pm Mon 21 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

So glad that everyone is ok and i would imagine with the wind and hot weather flames would soon be out of control. Im not an expert on fires unlike some of the people on here so i dont know if 35 was too many!!
So glad that everyone is ok and i would imagine with the wind and hot weather flames would soon be out of control. Im not an expert on fires unlike some of the people on here so i dont know if 35 was too many!! hamworthygirl
  • Score: 10

6:08pm Mon 21 Jul 14

matt68 says...

Theirs plenty of women out their who would want 35 firefighters to save them!
Theirs plenty of women out their who would want 35 firefighters to save them! matt68
  • Score: 3

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