Heroes rush to rescue screaming pregnant mum and her two kids from horror blaze

The mum in her 20s and two children were trapped in a bedroom on the property in Preston, Lancashire, when it caught fire on Friday night

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Preston: Emergency services respond following explosion

Three neighborhood heroes raced to rescue a screaming pregnant mother and her two young children from a horror fire.

The mother screamed for help to save her, her three-year-old girl and five-year-old son when their house caught light on Friday night.

Demi-Lee Carroll and Hayden Wolstencroft, both 17, and their friend Gordon Simpson heard the distress and rushed to haul the family from the flames in Preston, Lancashire.

The children are now fighting for their lives in hospital.

The mum, who is in her 20s, is also in hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Hayden and Gordon smashed through garden fences to reach the back of the home while Demi-Lee, herself a mother, rushed to the street outside the property.

Young couple Demi-Lee Carroll and Hayden Wolstencroft and a friend helped rescue the family



Demi-Lee said the mum managed to clamber out of a window moments before the flames engulfed the building.

The witnesses said both children were covered with soot and smoke as they were hauled from the burning house by firefighters.

And they say the father then arrived home to find his children receiving CPR in the street.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Demi-Lee said: “The emotion in his voice was just heartbreaking. It was the most horrific thing I’ve seen.”

The blaze in Preston has been described as an ‘explosion’


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Hayden and Gordon smashed through a padlocked alley door before scaling onto the kitchen extension.

Gordon then booted through a back window in a desperate attempt to reach the little ones.

But the smoke was so thick he and Hayden were driven back, despite three attempts to climb in.

Gordon, who has asthma, was later rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Demi-Lee and Hayden waited in the hospital for news until 2am.

A mum in her 20s and two children were trapped in a bedroom


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Demi-Lee added: “I’ve got a son myself, the same age as the little girl. I just couldn’t watch them die like that. It was the most horrific thing I’ve seen.”

Gordon, who is a builder, said he has been praying for the kids since the ordeal.

I added: “I can’t stop thinking about it.”

A 24-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of Arson with intent to endanger life and released under investigation while inquiries continue.

Police have been investigating the fire


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Detective Chief Inspector Graham Hill, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Sadly the two children are still in hospital with life-threatening injuries, and we continue to keep them and their family in our thoughts at this awful time.

“A joint investigation with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is ongoing and the fire is being treated as unexplained while we establish a cause.

“We continue to ask if you have any information about the incident, and have not yet spoken to police, that you contact us as soon as possible.”

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