Boy, 6, killed by house fire as his mum screams for help

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOHN KELLY

A BOY of six died after be­ing pulled from his blaz­ing house by fire­fight­ers as his fran­tic mother yelled for help.

He was rushed to hos­pi­tal after crews at­tempted mouth-to-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion but he could not be saved.

A res­i­dent said: “I heard a com­mo­tion and the mother scream­ing, ‘help me’. A neigh­bour and I tried to get in for the boy but we just couldn’t.”

Neigh­bour Jack Hill, 25, said: “I heard scream­ing out­side the house and found it was from the young girl liv­ing there. Then I saw her mum.

“I raced to the Chi­nese take­away, grabbed their fire ex­tin­guisher and tried to get into the house’s up­stairs room but the smoke was too thick.”

The end-of-ter­race house in Ilke­ston, Der­byshire, was the home of a mother and her three chil­dren.

Flow­ers were yes­ter­day left out­side fol­low­ing Fri­day night’s tragedy. The fire ser­vice and po­lice are to con­duct a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause.

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