Family escape fire drama

A TRAUMATISED mother believes she is lucky to be alive today after an explosion caused flames to tear through her kitchen.Tara Price, of Malyon Road, Hadleigh, told how she rushed to rescue her young son from an upstairs bedroom before fleeing to safety and dialling 999.

A TRAUMATISED mother believes she is lucky to be alive today after an explosion caused flames to tear through her kitchen.

Tara Price, of Malyon Road, Hadleigh, told how she rushed to rescue her young son from an upstairs bedroom before fleeing to safety and dialling 999.

A cooker ring had been left unattended, igniting an iron lead and causing a saucepan to explode and flames to billow out of the kitchen.

Moments earlier the 33-year-old had smelt burning but was unable to find its source.

She said: "I closed the door as I left and then I heard the fire alarm go off. I went back and there were flames coming out from under the door.

"I ran upstairs to get one of my sons and then went to get my other son, who was playing outside, and then dialled 999."

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Fire crews took about 30 minutes to douse the flames, reported to them at about 4.45pm on Wednesday.

Mrs Price said: "I'm very shaken by it. You think what could've happened if the children had been in there.

"If I'd have come in and dotted about a bit it could've exploded in my face and I could've been dead."

Extensive damage was caused to the kitchen in the blaze, which saw smoke pouring out of the house in immediate aftermath.

Mrs Price, along with her husband Martin, 33, and her two young boys, aged 11 and eight, will live in alternative accommodation while repairs are carried out.

The insurance claim is set to run into thousands of pounds, although the damage was confined to the kitchen.

Mrs Price believes the fire was started after she left a saucepan of fat unattended on the cooker.

She added: "It could've been a lot worse if I hadn't left the door closed."

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