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Family escapes after child starts blaze

PUBLISHED: 13:27 06 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich family of six had a lucky escape after one of the children accidentally set fire to a bed. The daughter of Dawn Lock, three-year-old Natasha, managed to get hold of a box of matches and cause the first floor bedroom blaze.

AN Ipswich family of six had a lucky escape after one of the children accidentally set fire to a bed.

The daughter of Dawn Lock, three-year-old Natasha, managed to get hold of a box of matches and cause the first floor bedroom blaze.

The child managed to make her way to the downstairs of the Nacton Crescent house after starting the fire, but as smoke billowed down the stairs, her older brothers Daryl, 12 and Stefan, 10, went to investigate. They were knocked back by the thick smoke, and alerted their mother who immediately called the fire brigade.

"I don't think Natasha knows she has done anything wrong," said Dawn, who also has another child, Braden, aged nearly one. "The smoke was really, really thick and there was quite a fire.

"The bed is completely destroyed as well as a window sill and the whole room is very badly damaged. Luckily it didn't manage to spread downstairs.

"I have never been so scared. We just got the kids out of the house and called the fire brigade. They got here very quickly."

One crew from Princes Street and another from Colchester Road attended the fire – which broke out around 10.30am on Saturday – bringing it under control within 10 minutes.

The man in charge of the operation, Station Officer Jon Cook, of Princes Street said: "It appears the fire was started by a little girl but we are carrying out an investigation to rule out other possible causes.

"It was a very severe fire in the bedroom and the seat of the fire was difficult to locate because of the thickness of the smoke."

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