Search

Mother rescued during firefighters’ last shift attacks station closures

17:04 10 January 2014

Three fire crews attended the scene of the crash

Three fire crews attended the scene of the crash

Archant

A young mother of two speaks to the Ham&High following her family’s dramatic rescue yesterday morning after a fire broke out in a neighbouring flat.

Hours before they were turfed out of their fire station, firefighters from Belsize were battling a fourth floor flat blaze in Oval Road, Camden Town.

The 59-year-old flat owner was rescued and rushed to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

But a neighbouring young family - including a two-year-old and a three-year-old - was also trapped by a fire that was said to be 20 minutes away from engulfing their home.

“I woke up to the sound of my two-year-old crying and to this acrid stench,” said 27-year-old mother of two, Lisa Kelliher.

“I looked out my spyhole and the hallway was pitch black with smoke.

“I was petrified - so scared that we wouldn’t be able to get out and my kids and I would be killed.

“But I could just about make out some figures with masks moving through the darkness, so I shouted and banged as loud as I could for help.

“I was panicking, scared for my kids - me legs were like jelly.

“Then I heard the firefighters respond. They assured me they’d get us out, and take us to safety.

“And they did. They were amazing. I just can’t thank them enough - they were true life-savers.

“But thank God it didn’t happen the following week.

“This was a “four pump” emergency that needed help from four stations, and two of them are now closed down.

“If it had happened a week later I’m not sure me or my kids would be here today.

“I don’t know how Boris Johnson can live with himself cutting fire services like he has.

“The next family won’t be so lucky and people will die. Is that really worth the money saved?”

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:23

The enthusiastic team of amateur singers will make their debut in the charts with a cover of a Grammy award-winning classic melody

Yesterday, 14:21

Senior Haringey councillors have come under fire over revelations that they have been wining and dining with a top property PR firm.

Yesterday, 05:00

A shopkeeper has defended his novelty gift shop after it has been boycotted by shoppers who branded it ‘pro-Brexit’ and ‘racist’

Wed, 18:44

We have created this moving tribute video of the heartwarming day a community came together and marched to free West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe from jail in Iran.

As plans to demolish a well-loved Highgate community centre are put forward, neighbours are making their opinions clear to council planners

Wed, 17:32

Michelle Collins was joined by volunteers from the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTF) as she hung the first heart on the Wishing Tree at Lauderdale House launching the AWTF’s Big Christmas Drive.

Tue, 19:23

A former London Metropolitan University lecturer is looking to inspire the next generation of architects with a series of early years workshops in Islington.

Tue, 17:05

Starting university is something new, big and exciting, whether you are moving to a new city or another country.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now