Mother escapes burning home with her two children

A mother and two children managed to escape the flames of their burning home in north London after being alerted by their smoke alarm. The property in Alric Avenue in Willesden was destroyed the the fire last night.

The family escaped serious injury and treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. London Fire Brigade said:

"The smoke alarm has without doubt helped saved the life of the woman and her two children. It is vitally important that everyone has at least one smoke alarm on every level of their home and test it regularly as it gives you early warning of a fire in your home."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.