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Father 'threw son out of window on to mattress' to save him from blaze

A neigbour of the the home which succumbed to a blaze in the early hours of this morning killing three said he saw a father throw his son out of a window to save him from the blaze.

Neighbour Paul Barber said: "We went around to the said of the property and see the people still trapped in the property. One of out neigbours actually threw his son out of the window on to a mattress to get him to safety and a couple of other people ran around to get some ladders, to put up to property for people to climb out of."

Neighbour: People were screaming 'there's a fire, get out'

A neighbour has described the moment he spotted a 'big glow' next door before he heard people scream "there's a fire, get out" in a blaze that claimed three lives in Derbyshire in the early hours of this morning.

We just saw this big glow, and we heard people screaming 'there's a fire, get out'. We rushed around and grabbed the dogs rushed out. The car to my side was ablaze.

– Neighbour Paul Barber

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Police treating Langley Mill fatal fire as 'unexplained'

Fire investigation dogs are at the scene of the fire on North Street Credit: ITV News Central

Police and firefighters say they are treating a fire which killed three people in Langley Mill last night as 'unexplained.'

"Investigating officers say they are keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire and have not ruled anything out at this early stage in the inquiry.

"Police are not in a position to give any further details of those who died in the fire as they are still tracing family members."

– Derbyshire Police statement

Firefighters: Thoughts with families over 'tragic' deaths

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) said that two people at the property affected by the fire and a further three residents from adjacent flats had been able to escape. One fire appliance was sent after the service was initially called at 3.59am to a car fire on North Street.

Firefighters: Thoughts with families over tragic' deaths. Credit: ITV News

A further three were mobilised following a call two minutes later reporting the house fire. A DFRS spokeswoman said: "Tragically one male, one female and a female infant were unable to escape the fire and have been pronounced dead at the scene. "Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased."

Neighbours battled to help people trapped in house fire

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Neighbours of the house which caught fire this morning, killing three people, have described how they battled to help those stuck inside before emergency services arrived.

One man, who did not wish to be named, told the Derby Telegraph: "There were about 20 of us fetching ladders to reach the floors and we managed to get some people out."

Meanwhile John Dunkley, a watch manager with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, tweeted: "Terrible night shift. Thoughts with all personnel from all emergency services involved at Langley Mill this morning."

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Firefighters investigate after fatal fire in Derbyshire

Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
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Firefighters investigate after fatal fire in Derbyshire

Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
Three people have been killed in a house fire in Derbyshire Credit: ITV News Central
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