Search

Heroic woman, 74, saves neighbour’s baby from Elm Park house fire while in dressing gown

17:19 16 January 2014

Easedale drive in Hornchurch

Easedale drive in Hornchurch

Archant

A heroic 74-year-old woman – wearing a dressing gown and slippers – saved a neighbour’s baby from a house fire before putting out the flames.

Dot Williamson, of Easedale Drive, Elm Park, was getting dressed on Wednesday morning when she saw a bedroom in flames across the road.

“I was up in my bedroom getting ready to go out,” said Mrs Williamson, “when I looked in my mirror and saw next door’s window. I thought, ‘Oh my god, it’s a fire’.

“My first thought was that there’s a baby in there.”

Her granddaughter Charlotte Holt-Brown, 25, of Araglen Avenue, South Ockendon, said: “She put on her dressing gown and her slippers and ran downstairs.”

Mrs Williamson banged on her neighbour’s door and the woman who answered was unaware of the drama unfolding.

Mrs Holt-Brown said: “My nan shouted: ‘Your bedroom is on fire’.”

Both women ran upstairs and Mrs Williamson noticed smoke coming from a room.

Her neighbour told her that her baby was in the room next door.

“My nan shut the door so that smoke didn’t get in the baby’s room,” said Mrs Holt-Brown.

“She went to get loads of water to put on the curtains.”

Eventually, Mrs Williamson extinguished the fire which appeared to have been caused by a candle.

“She breathed in quite a bit of smoke, but is OK now,” said Charlotte.

“No emergency services were called at all, no fire brigade, no ambulance, no nothing.

“Later, she rang up her brother who was in the fire service.

“He said: ‘You silly idiot, you should’ve called for help’.”

Mrs Williamson visited the family later to find the mother extremely grateful, and the baby fit and well.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

15:00
Mayor of havering, Cllr Linda Trew comissioned Havering College of Further and Higher Education,  students to create a float. for the New Year’s Day Parade,

The mayor of Havering will dazzle spectators of the New Year’s Day Parade as she travels through the streets of London in a vintage steam train and carriage thanks to Havering College construction students.

12:00
Christmas jumpers raised enough to build a classroom for less fortunate children

As term came to a close and the ho-ho-holidays were due to start one school allowed its lucky pupils to really get into the festive spirit.

CM Atkinson from the Harold Hill Fire Station (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

One mum-of-two proves that being a woman doesn’t make a difference when it comes to fighting fires and saving lives.

Yesterday, 16:25
Deck the halls with boughs of holly - and doughnuts  (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

“You wouldn’t want to eat one, really – I’ve tried about four and even I don’t like them.”

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

And they have a role to play in saving their species.

Twinkle, twinkle you little stars – thanks for making your homes so festive.

Offers for university places are at a record high.