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 Thursday, 2 January, 2003, 15:53 GMT
Family of six escape house fire
House in St Werburghs
The family escaped before firefighters arrived
A 10-year-old girl helped her family to safety after their home was gutted by fire.

The youngster woke up and smelled smoke pouring up the stairs of her terraced home in the St Werburghs area of Bristol at around 0720 GMT on Thursday.

She woke her parents and with the help of neighbours the family of six escaped onto scaffolding at the back of the house before firefighters arrived to put out the fire.

The family were very very lucky to get out - it was a miraculous escape

Tim Wood, Avon Fire Brigade
The scaffolding had been due to be removed several days ago, but builders could not complete the work because of the bad weather.

The fire is thought to have been started by a burning candle left unattended on a television set.

Avon Fire Brigade spokesman Tim Wood said: "Smoke and fire were pushing up the staircase - the fire was extensive.

"The family were very very lucky to get out - it was a miraculous escape."


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