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We pulled neighbour from burning house
7:45am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A HEROIC mother and daughter rescued their neighbour from a burning building.
Tracey Marriott and her daughter Lucy spotted flames coming from the house at about 8.30pm on Monday.
The two brave women, of Heathfield Road, Norton, near Evesham, rushed to rescue 64-year-old Tom Moir from his bedroom, which was already well alight.
Lucy, aged 18, said the flames were so intense she was only able to stay in the room for moments.
She said: “We heard the fire alarm going off and went outside to look. We saw the room was on fire. We could see the flames coming up the window and the curtains. He lies next to the window so we knew he would be burning. You can’t leave someone burning. We had to do something.
“Me and Mum ran out and told Dad to call the emergency services. We went in and I got to Tom but I ran out again and Mum stayed.”
Tracey, a full-time carer, 49, said that when she found Mr Moir, his arm was on fire.
“Mum put it out using the duvet cover,” said Lucy, a beauty therapist in Stratford.
“She then picked him up because he is so small at about five stone and dragged him out onto the grass. My boyfriend put him into my dad’s wheelchair.”
While Tracey was inside the house, Lucy was trying to free Mr Moir’s dog Lacey from the back garden.
“At this point the fire was in the bedroom but there was smoke in the hallway and oxygen cylinders in the property,”
Tracey and Mr Moir were taken to hospital. Mr Moir is being treated for severe burns while Tracey was treated for smoke inhalation and released a few hours later.
Lucy said: “Everyone has been supportive of mum and calling her a hero. She saved his life. She says she doesn’t want a fuss and that it was only instinct.”
An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way, although it is believed it started accidentally.
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