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Bristol house fire: Boy remains in critical condition

Police Community Support Officers outside a house in Cossham, Bristol
Image caption The fire at the property on Lodge Hill in Bristol is not being treated as suspicious

A three-year-old boy who was injured in a "roaring inferno" at a house in Bristol remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Fire crews were called to a "developed fire" on the ground and first floor of the property on Lodge Hill in Cossham at about 06:40 GMT on Saturday.

Nine people, including four children and a baby, were taken to the city's Frenchay Hospital for treatment.

Avon Fire and Rescue said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

A Great Western Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the three-year-old boy was the most seriously injured and was being treated for burns.

Roof rescue

The boy was handed through a window to a neighbour who came out after hearing screams of "fire".

The other victims, including a five-month old girl, a two-year-old boy, two eight-year-old girls, two teenagers, a woman aged in her 20s and a man in his 40s, were taken to the hospital as a precaution, the spokeswoman said.

Lionel Fear, 30, who lives three doors up from the house, said: "I came downstairs to see the mother with three children on the lower roof, and me and the neighbours put a ladder up, clambered up the ladder and brought as many of them down as we could until the fire brigade arrived.

"There was a three-year-old who was handed out through the front to a neighbour. I think he's very lucky to get out alive, to be honest."

He added: "It was a roaring inferno."

Six people escaped unaided. An adult and two children were rescued from the roof of the property by crews, an Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.

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