Family flee burning house

A STOWMARKET mum-of-three today told of her panic as she and her children fled their burning home after one of her daughters accidentally switched the cooker on.

A STOWMARKET mum-of-three today told of her panic as she and her children fled their burning home after one of her daughters accidentally switched the cooker on.

Dawn Robinson's Poplar Hill home was left devastated by the blaze and her nine-year-old daughter Sophie, who has Cystic Fibrosis, needed hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

She said: “I was in the bathroom with Sophie when I smelt the smoke and by the time I'd got to the living room door it was just bellowing through.

“I didn't really have time to think. I ran upstairs to get my son and just screamed at the girls to get out of the bath. Poor Sophie only had her towel on.”

Mrs Robinson managed to get Sophie, her other daughter Summer, two, and son Declan, one, outside and called the fire brigade but the kitchen was well alight by the time they arrived.

She said: “I think that Summer had managed to get through the safety gate into the kitchen and get at the cooker. There were things on the side close to the cooker and they must have just gone up.

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“We'd only just moved in here and got it all decorated by the council because it was a tip beforehand. I don't know what we are going to do now.”

The kitchen of the house was severely damaged in the blaze and the house is not in a fit state for the family to live.

Sophie was checked over in hospital and was allowed home at the end of the day.

Mrs Robinson is hoping to be able to stay with family members until the council sort out alternative accommodation for her.

Fire crews from Stowmarket and Needham Market were called at around 11.50am yesterday and the fire took around 25 minutes to bring under control.

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