Family in lucky escape from blaze

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A YOUNG family had a lucky escape following a kitchen fire at their home.

Firefighters were called to the house in Stafford Street, Daneshouse, at 1-20 a.m. on Saturday and found an Asian man stood outside holding his one-month-old baby.

The man’s wife and two twin five-year-old daughters were in an upstairs bedroom.

Watch manager Steve Harrison od Burnley Fire and Rescue said: “The man works nights and all the family were asleep when the fire started.

“Luckily they were awoken by the baby’s crying because there were no smoke alarms in the house.

“The mother and daughter were upstairs and did not want to come outside although they were fine. I have been in this job a long time, and this family were only seconds from disaster. They are very lucky.”

Watch manager Harrison said the cause of the fire was still unknown but was thought to be accidental.

He added: “We think the fire started in an armchair in the kitchen. Luckily the fire was confined to the kitchen, which was badly damaged, but it could easily have spread. This is a classic example of why smoke detectors should be fitted in every property.”