Family of five escape house fire

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A family of five escaped a house fire early this morning.

Four fire engines were sent to Lavender Place in Ilford at 12.32am.

A man was treated for smoke inhalation and burns and a woman and three children were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire was under control by around 1.20am, leaving part of the bathroom damaged by the blaze.

Watch manager, Nigel McCormick, from Ilford fire station, said: “The family were woken up when the smoke alarm went off, which gave them time to escape quickly and call us.

“Given it was in the middle of the night, that smoke alarm saved their lives. There was a lot of smoke in the flat when we arrived, so if they hadn’t been woken up, the fire could have had tragic consequences.

“Get a working smoke alarm and test it every week, as they really do save lives. The crews did very well and got the fire out quickly.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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