Family rescued from tower block dawn fire

PUBLISHED: 13:58 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 25 August 2010

SAFE: Neighbours Barry Moss, Teri Whiston and baby Faith.

SAFE: Neighbours Barry Moss, Teri Whiston and baby Faith.

PARENTS who live in an 11-storey tower block have described the moment they woke to find their baby s room clouded with smoke.

RESCUED: The  residents of the second floor flat had to be rescued by firefighters.

PARENTS who live in an 11-storey tower block have described the moment they woke to find their baby's room clouded with smoke.

Firefighters had to rescue a man and a child from a second-floor balcony after their five-room flat caught fire in Marble House, Felsbar Close, Plumstead, on Monday morning at approximately 7.02am.

The pair, who were not seriously injured, were taken by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Woolwich suffering from smoke inhalation.

On the morning next-door neighbours woke up to find the bedroom of their seven-month-old baby girl Faith clouded in smoke.

Her mother student Teri Whiston, 20, who has lived in the flats since December last year said: "Our flat is okay. I woke up at 6.30am as usual and went to the toilet and went to check on the little one. When I walked in, it was covered in smoke.

"I called my partner Barry and said 'where is the smoke coming from? I cannot see any fire'."

Her partner, unemployed Barry Moss, 20, said: "The smoke was the first thing we knew about the fire.

"It was really thick black smoke and by the time the fire engines came it had all calmed down.

"From outside it looked bad."

The family did not know their neighbours and their flat was not damaged.

Baby Faith was not hurt and did not go to hospital.

Fellow resident cad driver Enes Ghezali, 34, did not know anything about the fire. He said: "Someone came to check my fire alarm today and got me to sign something but I did not know anything about a fire. Of course I am worried about fires in these flats as it is more dangerous than a house."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A spokesperson for Greenwich council said it was not their responsibility to install fire alarms in these flats, only in accommodation such as sheltered housing.


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