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County Durham man saves baby from burning house

Chris Wallace
Image caption Mr Wallace said he inhaled a lot of smoke

A County Durham man has been praised after rescuing a baby from a burning house.

Chris Wallace saved the 16-month-old when he heard the mother shouting for help from an upstairs window of the property on Inglebrook Close, in Crook.

The 31-year-old used a ladder to climb up to the baby before firefighters arrived to rescue the mother.

Both were taken to hospital after the fire on Sunday where they were treated for smoke inhalation.

Mr Wallace said: "With the black smoke coming out of the windows, I'd inhaled quite a lot by then and it just took my breath, and I was coughing quite a bit.

"I just sat down there with the baby on the tiled roof just to get my bearings.

"Once I felt that I'm capable enough of getting back down the ladder another neighbour had come up to meet us half way, and we got down."

Fire crews arrived soon after to rescue the mother and put out the fire.

They have praised Mr Wallace's quick thinking in rescuing the child.

Both the mother and baby are recovering.

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