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Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 08:27 GMT
Man praised for fire rescue
Green Goddess
Green Goddesses were sent to stop the fire spreading
A Nottingham man rescued his mother-in-law from her burning home.

Sean Brittan rushed to the house on Wilton Street in Basford after getting a phone call from his mother-in-law Agnes Tolma at 2040 GMT on Monday.

He managed to get her out of the smoke-filled building before Green Goddesses arrived.

There were fears the flames would spread to other houses in the terrace.

Thick smoke

Mr Brittan said: "She rang to say she couldn't get out and the house was on fire so I just jumped into my car.

"I found her on the phone to the emergency services but she was in a bit of a state so I had to tell them the address.

"The fire was confined to the bathroom but I was worried there might be someone else in the house so I tried to get upstairs but the smoke was just too thick.

Homes evacuated

"I just got her out of the house and rang my family."

Military fire crews with two Green Goddesses tried to control the flames, but the house was badly damaged.

Several other homes had to be evacuated but the fire was contained.

Fire authorities praised Mr Brittan's swift actions but advised anyone spotting a fire to ring the emergency services.

In a separate incident, a fire that swept through a house in Worksop on Monday night is being treated as arson.

A Green Goddess fire engine and army firefighters were called to Yeoman Close at 2120 GMT. Nobody was hurt.


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