Mother and children flee Plymouth house fire

Fire fighter
Image caption Daisy the family dog was rescued from the ground floor kitchen

A mother and four children escaped unharmed after fire tore through their Plymouth home.

The mother, who is 30 weeks pregnant, was woken by the fire alarm at about 08:30 GMT and escaped with her children aged one, two, three and six.

The father, who had been working a night shift as a bus driver, returned to find the house at Harewood Crescent, Honicknowle, alight.

Daisy the family dog was rescued by firefighters from ground floor kitchen.

The fire also spread to the house next door which was damaged.

Pete Watts, watch manager at Crownhill fire station, said: "The smoke alarms were critical.

"Things could have been dramatically different if resources had not been here as quick and if they smoke alarms hadn't alerted them."

The fire is believed to have started in a back bedroom but investigators have not yet established the cause.

The house belongs to Plymouth Community Homes which is finding the family alternative accommodation.

Image caption The cause of the fire is not yet known
Image caption The fire spread to the roof of a neighbouring house

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