Disabled gran left with nothing after jumping from third floor of burning building


Laura Wiggins, 52, suffered numerous broken bones in the fall after jumping to the ground when she was faced with a wall of flames outside her front door in Rowe Court, Reading, on Wednesday

Laura Wiggins who was forced to jump from a window after being met with a
Laura Wiggins who was forced to jump from a window after being met with a “wall of flames” when she came out of her front door

A disabled woman has been left with nothing after being forced to jump from the window of a burning building.

Laura Wiggins, 52, suffered numerous broken bones in the fall after jumping to the ground when she was faced with a wall of flames outside her front door in Rowe Court, Reading, on December 15.

Tragically, one person died in the blaze.

Grandmother Laura is now facing the prospect of being homeless when she comes out of hospital and has lost all her possession in the fire.

Now daughter Emily has launched a fundraiser to help her rebuild her life after the fire, which left one person dead, two unaccounted for and a man in court charged with murder, reports Berkshire Live.

Emily said her mum heard people yelling for people to leave the building but was faced with a “wall of flames” as she left, leaving her no choice but to jump.

She said: “Mum has broken her back, ribs, pelvis and arm, so she’s facing a long road back to full health.

“The better news is that the doctors say these are all breaks that will heal, so we’re hoping she might be out of hospital at some point this week.

The aftermath of the fire in Rowe Court
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“She said she grabbed a bag and went out of the front door, and was just faced with a wall of flames.

“She didn’t even think about it, she just jumped from the third floor.

“She managed to land on her side, as she realised landing on her legs would be a lot worse.”

The fire happened on Laura’s 52nd birthday, and she had just finished wrapping Christmas presents for her 18 grandchildren – all of which have been lost.

Emily added: “She keeps having these awful flashbacks to the fire, her mental health is all over the place at the moment.

“We’ve set up this fundraiser for her to try to help her when she does leave hospital.

“She’s been left with nothing and we’re just hoping we can help her get some clothes and things so she can start again.

“She’s got nowhere to live. I’m hoping Reading Council can help her, and that she hasn’t been forgotten about because she went to hospital.

Aerial footage of the aftermath of the fire
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“Mum is disabled – she loved living in those flats, but the stairs were getting a bit much for her, and so will need a disabled-friendly home.

“She’s the sort of person who would never ask anyone for help, and she’s really upset over the person who has died, and is thankful to be alive.

“But she’s been left with nothing and so we’re looking to help her rebuild her life.”

Firefighters and police are continuing to assess the condition of the building after the fire and it is likely any repairs to it will take several months.

Hakeem Kigundu, 31, formerly of Rowe Court, Reading, has been charged with one count of murder and one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

“He appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on Saturday, December 18 and is set to appear at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday, December 21




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