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Boy aged 3 critically ill after Bolton house fire 'had been left home alone'

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Boy aged 3 critically ill after Bolton house fire 'had been left home alone'

Post by Guest on 19.06.12 20:44

Boy aged 3 critically ill after Bolton house fire 'had been left home alone'


June 19, 2012


A baby girl and a three-year-old boy who were rescued from a house fire had been left at home alone.


The little boy was fighting for his life in hospital today after inhaling smoke. He is on a ventilator and has been sedated, the fire service said.

A police spokesman described the boy's condition at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital as critical.

The one-year-old girl escaped the blaze in Bolton unhurt. A man and a woman, believed to be the children's parents, were not at home when the fire started in an upstairs bedroom at the terrace house on Longden Street in the Heaton area at 6.45pm yesterday.

The woman is believed to have left home a short time earlier.

She returned as fire crews arrived at the scene and was witnessed screaming and shouting for her children outside.

By that time the baby girl had been rescued by a hero neighbour who saw smoke and flames coming from an upstairs window.

The girl was found lying in a pram in a hallway and was taken out to safety.

Six firefighters then charged into the house and rescued the boy from a bed in a separate bedroom.

The cause of the blaze was today being investigated by police and the fire service.

It is not known where the man and woman had been or how long they had been out for when the blaze began.

It is understood that a specialist police child protection unit is involved in the investigation.

A firefighter suffered minor burns to his arm and hand in the rescue and was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital.

The fire service revealed today that a smoke alarm inside the house wasn't working.

Ian Bailey, Bolton's fire service commander, said: “It is devastating that two young children are in hospital after a fire at their home like this, when their house was fitted with a smoke alarm – but it wasn’t working.

“Thanks to the brave actions of neighbours and our firefighters, the children were rescued from the blaze, but now we are calling upon the community to help us. “Working smoke alarms are crucial and save lives but historically, in some of the predominantly Asian communities, we have had a poor take up our free home safety checks which often
include the fitting of smoke alarms.

“Today we are trying to improve that, by working with the Bolton Council of Mosques and using GMFRS volunteers and community safety advisors we can assist in a number of ways.”

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1581627_boy-aged-3-critically-ill-after-bolton-house-fire-had-been-left-home-alone

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Post by ShuBob on 19.06.12 20:49

WHY?

Why do parents take such risks with their precious gifts? Thank God for the baby girl. I pray the little boy pulls through.

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Re: Boy aged 3 critically ill after Bolton house fire 'had been left home alone'

Post by Guest on 19.06.12 21:23

Every time I read something like this, I am reminded of my own parents. Sometime 50's they were invited to go to Rotterdam from the "deep South" of the Netherlands, for my father to receive some kind of award, all expenses paid. Imagine just a few years after WWII, when there was still not much luxury about, not much food either, let alone "travelling".. Anyway, they gladly accepted and my grandmother was looking after us whilst they were away on such a wonderful mission. They got to Rotterdam, were received at town hall, got the award, were invited to a lunch in a RESTAURANT ... were happy and felt blessed, until half-way lunch they started looking at each other and recognised that both of them were anxious for having "left" their babies behind. Guess what? Yes! They excused themselves and got on the next train back home :-)

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Post by Woofer on 19.06.12 21:31

I wonder if these parents will get a government spokesman assigned to them, go and visit the pope, have millions of pounds of donations sent to them plus a massive list of other privileges.

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Post by aquila on 19.06.12 21:34

@Woofer wrote:I wonder if these parents will get a government spokesman assigned to them, go and visit the pope, have millions of pounds of donations sent to them plus a massive list of other privileges.

Probably not Woofer but what they WILL get is intervention by Social Services for leaving their children alone.

eta...and Social Services will probably not consider leaving children alone 'within the realms of responsible parenting'.

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Post by tuom on 19.06.12 23:31

@aquila wrote:
@Woofer wrote:I wonder if these parents will get a government spokesman assigned to them, go and visit the pope, have millions of pounds of donations sent to them plus a massive list of other privileges.

Probably not Woofer but what they WILL get is intervention by Social Services for leaving their children alone.

eta...and Social Services will probably not consider leaving children alone 'within the realms of responsible parenting'.




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Post by mexx on 20.06.12 6:04

How how how can people leave children and babies alone to fend for themselves? It is beyond comprehension...

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