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7 April 2011, 09:58
A family in Gateshead are lucky to be alive after their house, which had no smoke alarms, caught fire when a candle was left unattended.
The fire started in a bedroom at the home on Seaburn Gardens in Wrekenton around 10.50pm.
The neighbour used a window to rescue a 41-year-old woman, 14-year-old girl and a 14-month-old boy.
Another three people got out by themselves.
They were all taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and treated for the effects of smoke.
A dog was also rescued from the house and given oxygen.
A spokesperson for Tyne and Wear Fire Service told Capital, " this family were very lucky as there house had no smoke alarms. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to install smoke alarms and check them regularly. This could easily have been a tragedy for the whole family."