A mother of five who lost everything in a house fire has praised her daughter for evacuating the family from the blaze.
Sarah Ratcliffe has told how the devastation of losing all her belongings and her home has been eased by the fact that her parents and children escaped safely thanks to the quick-thinking of 12-year-old daughter Courtney.
The family’s home was destroyed on Wednesday when her son’s television caught fire in his bedroom.
Courtney, aged 12, said: “The fire alarm was going off, my brother went to see why and he came running down the stairs and said there was a fire.
“I took my little sisters out the back and brought them around the front to a neighbour’s house. It was just instinctive.”
Courtney and her siblings – Lureice, aged 11, Lexus, aged nine, Shannon, aged six, and Summer Poppy, aged one – all escaped the fire unharmed along with their grandparents and cousin Declan, aged 14.