Rapid response from mum saves family after fire

Donna Mulholland with son Barrie (20 month) who turned on grill and caused house fire at Boycott Ave Oldbrook
Donna Mulholland with son Barrie (20 month) who turned on grill and caused house fire at Boycott Ave Oldbrook

A mum of two has been praised for her quick thinking after a fire at her house in Oldbrook.

Donna Mulholland was at her Boycott Avenue home on Thursday morning when she was alerted to the sound of two smoke alarms, one downstairs and one upstairs, going off.

Fire Damage at 35 Boycott Ave

Fire Damage at 35 Boycott Ave

She ran into the kitchen to see the oven had been turned on by 20-month-old son Barrie, heating food and oil that had been left in there.

She said: “I didn’t hear the first alarm going off downstairs and when I did I didn’t really react, but within seconds the second one went off and I knew something was wrong.”

Donna raced into the kitchen, which had filled with thick black smoke, and just managed to turn the oven off before grabbing Barrie and 19-year-old daughter Peyton. The trio then made their way into the garden where they called the fire service.

She said: “The house was full of smoke and a lot of things were ruined and you do tend to blame yourself. However, we all got out unhurt and that is the main thing. Little bits and pieces can be replaced. People can’t.

Fire Damage at 35 Boycott Ave

Fire Damage at 35 Boycott Ave

“Barrie has been scared by it, he now comes into the kitchen really gingerly, looks around and then says ‘hot’.”

Crew Manager Danny Moore, from Great Holm Fire Station, said: “I praised her actions as they reinforced one of our key safety messages to people in the event of a house fire – get out, stay out and call 999.

“Once again, working smoke alarms have proved their value in alerting people to a fire in its early stages.”