Friday, 16 June 2017

Quick-thinking mum, daughter and partner survived Grenfell Tower blaze by flooding apartment with running bath

Mum flooded bathroom in Grenfell Tower to buy time until family was rescued
A quick-thinking mum managed to save her family during the devastating Grenfell Tower fire by running a bath and flooding the floors. 
Natasha Elcock, 39, was trapped on the 11th floor of the burning building with her boyfriend and six-year-old daughter.

Following fire advice on notices in their flat to stay put, the family remained inside.
But as smoke engulfed their home, Natasha said she decided to flood the bathroom so their flat would remain damp and it would buy them time.
She told The Sun: ‘I let the bathroom flood. It kept the flat damp. It may have saved our lives.’
After 90 minutes, they received orders from fire crews over the phone to leave the building as soon as they could.
Natasha, who has lived in the block for 20 years, said: ‘We tried the door but it was too hot. We had our little girl on the wet floor and we went to the coldest room.

‘The door was buckling and the windows bubbling and cracking. It was terrifying.’
She added that she rang for help ‘almost 100 times’ before crews finally reached her and her family at 3am.
The 39-year-old, who works at John Lewis, was taken to hospital with her family where they were treated for smoke inhalation.
A JustGiving page has been set up for Natasha and her family by a friend.

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