Huge fire rages through family home but young kids somehow escape unharmed

Two young children managed to escape unharmed after a fire raged through their home.

Dramatic footage and photos capture the blaze rip through the property in Salford, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of this morning.

Wendy and Steve Berry rushed Rosie, nine, Betsy, eight, and their dog out the house after the fire, which started next door, swept into their home.

Manchester Evening News says Wendy woke to find her roof on fire.

"I woke Steve up screaming 'the house is on fire'. There were flames everywhere. I put the kids and the dog in the Mini, and drove it across the road where it was safe," she said.

"I stalled the car about three times I was in such a panic.

"I then went back to help Steve find the keys for the camper van, but they got kicked off the stairs in the rush. By that time a couple of lads were smashing the windows next door to wake the neighbours up."

The family must stay in a hotel as insurers assess the damage to the property.

"I think we'll probably have to have a new roof and rebuild the gable wall. The place is a mess," Wendy continued.

Nine people, including the six who were in the neighbouring house and three men who went in to rescue them, were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Police and the fire service are not treating the fire as suspicious but are continuing their investigation.

A cordon is in place as a precaution in case there is a gas leak.

The fire started in the garage before spreading to the house, then to the Berry household.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "Shortly before 3.30am today (Saturday 25 May 2019) police were called by the fire service to reports of a fire at a property on Vestris Drive in Salford.

"Emergency services attended and nine people have been taken to hospital for treatment.

"The fire is not currently being treated as suspicious.

"A joint investigation between GMP and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is underway and a scene remains in place.

"Enquiries are ongoing.

"Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 367 of 25/05/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.""

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