A neighbour has described how she tried to rescue a 7-year-old girl from a fire at her home in Darlington.
The youngster remains in a critical condition tonight.
Fire crews were called to a house on Esk Road at 1.46pm on Saturday.
As those inside fled, they realised a little girl had been trapped inside in an upstairs bedroom.
Their shouts were heard next door by Kath Wilkinson.
Fire crews arrived soon after, but already the house was well ablaze.
Fire fighters managed to find the seven year old girl and bring her out of the house. She was taken to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where she's still in a critical condition.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated but police say early enquiries suggest this was not a deliberate act.
Neighbours say their thoughts and prayers are with the little girl in hospital.