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Baby rescued from fire 'critical'

A policeman stands guard outside the house
The baby was rescued from a rear bedroom. Picture by Adam Wild.

A baby boy who was rescued from a house fire in Hull is in a critical condition in hospital.

The one-year-old child was rescued by firefighters from a first-floor bedroom at the property in Sixth Avenue on Tuesday morning.

He was taken from Hull Royal Infirmary to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, where he was "critical but stable".

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated by police but is thought to be accidental.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said its crews did a "fantastic job" locating the baby in the burning house.

Spokesman Glenn Ramsden said: "They were wearing breathing apparatus, it was thick black smoke, they couldn't see their hands in front of them.

"They passed the baby out of the rear window, down the ladder and straight into an ambulance, so it couldn't have been any quicker."

The boy's parents and three-year-old brother escaped serious injury.


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