Greater Leys family escapes blaze in house

Oxford Mail: Sally Noble, of Greater Leys, who escaped with her family after a bedroom lamp, pictured, sparked a fire at her home Sally Noble, of Greater Leys, who escaped with her family after a bedroom lamp, pictured, sparked a fire at her home

A MOTHER has told how her life flashed before her eyes as she escaped with her family from a house fire.

Sally Noble was downstairs cleaning at her home in Brook View, Greater Leys, Oxford, at about 10am on Monday when she heard the smoke alarm.

After checking all the rooms in the house and finding no fire she went back downstairs – but about 10 minutes later noticed smoke coming from her bedroom.

Arming herself with a bucket of water to fight the blaze, she opened the door, but was beaten back by the flames.

Last night, the 30-year-old recalled rushing to escape with her three children Kyle, 12, Harry, four, and Jack, two, before going back for the family’s 11-year-old dog Sheba.

Speaking in her smoke-damaged bedroom she said: “When I opened the door a big ball of flames came rushing towards me.

“It was so hot, it felt like when you open the oven door and you’re cooking something really, really hot.

“I slammed the bedroom door, ran downstairs and called 999. I think my life flashed before my eyes. I didn’t believe what I saw. I just slammed the door and ran downstairs screaming: ‘get out, get out’ and got the kids.

“I went back to get the dog and we sat outside until the fire brigade turned up.”

It is thought a lamp toppled on to a bed and the heat from the bulb sparked the fire.

Miss Noble was yesterday beginning the clean-up with partner John Busson, 40, and assessing the thousands of pounds worth of damage to the upper floor of her four-bedroom Oxford City Council-owned home.

She said: “I was not frightened myself, I was more worried about getting the kids out of the house.

“It wasn’t until afterwards that I thought ‘oh my God, what if I wasn’t anywhere in the house? What if it was in one of the kids bedrooms?’ “I didn’t even know the lamp was on. The only thing I can think is that one of the kids knocked it or the dog came in and knocked it. I don’t think it was faulty.

“My bedroom is totally unhabitable, the plaster has blown off the walls from the heat, the windows are cracked and the door burned. The rest of the upstairs is smoke-damaged.”

Miss Noble advised anyone with bedside lamps to make sure they were secure and to use low-energy lightbulbs which do not heat up as much.

Marcus Mabberley, spokes-man for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said 10 firefighters were called to the house at 10.25am and were faced with a “well-developed fire”.

Watch manager Shaun Betts said: “The fire was discovered at an early stage due to a working smoke detector and the fire and smoke damage was limited to one room because of the quick-thinking actions of the occupier who closed the door when she discovered the fire.”

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8:29pm Tue 16 Mar 10

Andrew:Oxford says...

It's good to see a story where the Smoke Alarm is fully functioning. Just a shame it was just a little too sensitive on this occasion and sounded before the occupier could find the fire.
It's good to see a story where the Smoke Alarm is fully functioning. Just a shame it was just a little too sensitive on this occasion and sounded before the occupier could find the fire. Andrew:Oxford

8:34pm Tue 16 Mar 10

Lord Palmerston says...

MadMan-JaYmZ, Oxford says...
8:34am Tue 16 Mar 10

Pierre My wrote:
I suppose the repair is going to be down to us. (£5 a week out of her benefits)
how do u know the house isn't privately owned ?

and how do u know she's on benefits ?

i don't think yo do, but you just love moaning :)
Hello Mad. EAT MY SHORTS
MadMan-JaYmZ, Oxford says... 8:34am Tue 16 Mar 10 Pierre My wrote: I suppose the repair is going to be down to us. (£5 a week out of her benefits) how do u know the house isn't privately owned ? and how do u know she's on benefits ? i don't think yo do, but you just love moaning :) Hello Mad. EAT MY SHORTS Lord Palmerston

9:07pm Tue 16 Mar 10

Pierre My says...

Don't have a cow man
Don't have a cow man Pierre My

1:05am Wed 17 Mar 10

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

Lord Palmerston wrote:
MadMan-JaYmZ, Oxford says...
8:34am Tue 16 Mar 10

Pierre My wrote:
I suppose the repair is going to be down to us. (£5 a week out of her benefits)
how do u know the house isn't privately owned ?

and how do u know she's on benefits ?

i don't think yo do, but you just love moaning :)
Hello Mad. EAT MY SHORTS
Why eat your shorts it still doesn't say she is on benfits, it just states she lives in a council house, she could be paying full rent like most of us ?

come back with some proof before u climb back on that horse.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerston[/bold] wrote: MadMan-JaYmZ, Oxford says... 8:34am Tue 16 Mar 10 Pierre My wrote: I suppose the repair is going to be down to us. (£5 a week out of her benefits) how do u know the house isn't privately owned ? and how do u know she's on benefits ? i don't think yo do, but you just love moaning :) Hello Mad. EAT MY SHORTS[/p][/quote]Why eat your shorts it still doesn't say she is on benfits, it just states she lives in a council house, she could be paying full rent like most of us ? come back with some proof before u climb back on that horse. MadMan-JaYmZ

7:31am Wed 17 Mar 10

Lord Palmerston says...

Mad, Oxford City Council isn't a private owner, even in your mad world. As to the other question...errm...ho
w can I put this politely? Use your eyes.
Mad, Oxford City Council isn't a private owner, even in your mad world. As to the other question...errm...ho w can I put this politely? Use your eyes. Lord Palmerston

2:02pm Wed 17 Mar 10

miss2078 says...

Hey, you sad losers. this girl has just lost everything she owned, and all you can think about is whose going to pay for her house to be cleaned and renewed as how she had it. i think thats a petty thing to write, god forbid it ever happens to you!!
luckily Miss Noble & her family are ok thank the lord above.
Hey, you sad losers. this girl has just lost everything she owned, and all you can think about is whose going to pay for her house to be cleaned and renewed as how she had it. i think thats a petty thing to write, god forbid it ever happens to you!! luckily Miss Noble & her family are ok thank the lord above. miss2078

2:18pm Wed 17 Mar 10

Pierre My says...

You are right we are sad losers, we have just lost all of our tax that will be spent putting the house right.!!!
You are right we are sad losers, we have just lost all of our tax that will be spent putting the house right.!!! Pierre My

2:40pm Wed 17 Mar 10

LadyPenelope says...

Pierre My wrote:
You are right we are sad losers, we have just lost all of our tax that will be spent putting the house right.!!!
Accidents happen. Given she's lost her own possessions, it's obvious this wasn't deliberate, and at least the smoke alarm was working!
Your life must be so depressing if you're that negative all the time about everything.
[quote][p][bold]Pierre My[/bold] wrote: You are right we are sad losers, we have just lost all of our tax that will be spent putting the house right.!!![/p][/quote]Accidents happen. Given she's lost her own possessions, it's obvious this wasn't deliberate, and at least the smoke alarm was working! Your life must be so depressing if you're that negative all the time about everything. LadyPenelope

3:23pm Wed 17 Mar 10

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

Lord Palmerston wrote:
Mad, Oxford City Council isn't a private owner, even in your mad world. As to the other question...errm...ho

w can I put this politely? Use your eyes.
i never said it was i said it could be private housing which i was proved wrong but it still doesn't say she is on benefits so you shouldn't critisize.

I hate the fact that all my tax money goes to scroungers as much as you and the next guy but it still doesn't give anybody the right to jump to conclusions and critisize.

Blame the government for giving away our hard earnt money to freely.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerston[/bold] wrote: Mad, Oxford City Council isn't a private owner, even in your mad world. As to the other question...errm...ho w can I put this politely? Use your eyes.[/p][/quote]i never said it was i said it could be private housing which i was proved wrong but it still doesn't say she is on benefits so you shouldn't critisize. I hate the fact that all my tax money goes to scroungers as much as you and the next guy but it still doesn't give anybody the right to jump to conclusions and critisize. Blame the government for giving away our hard earnt money to freely. MadMan-JaYmZ

7:17pm Wed 17 Mar 10

bifocal bill says...

what happened to the insurance
what happened to the insurance bifocal bill

7:33am Thu 18 Mar 10

Lord Palmerston says...

Mad, I don't think the government ever gave you or me any cash. You have to hold out a begging bowl to get it.
Mad, I don't think the government ever gave you or me any cash. You have to hold out a begging bowl to get it. Lord Palmerston

8:43pm Fri 19 Mar 10

cj65 says...

This is really off the point, and I feel really sorry for her for the fire and I hope everything gets back on track for her soon...but just a random question...why were her kids at home at 10am on Monday?! Should they not have been at school out of harms way?!

I do of course realise that this is not the point of the story at all, and I am not pointing the finger or anything....but I just couldn't help wondering! :-)
This is really off the point, and I feel really sorry for her for the fire and I hope everything gets back on track for her soon...but just a random question...why were her kids at home at 10am on Monday?! Should they not have been at school out of harms way?! I do of course realise that this is not the point of the story at all, and I am not pointing the finger or anything....but I just couldn't help wondering! :-) cj65

8:49pm Fri 19 Mar 10

cj65 says...

Sorry...I just realised that two of them are not of school age. But one is!
Sorry...I just realised that two of them are not of school age. But one is! cj65

10:34pm Mon 22 Mar 10

yummymummy10 says...

Some people must be such low-lifes to go on about whose paying for the work to be done. 'Does it matter who is paying for it? Even if your taxes dont pay for that your be paying some junkie for their drugs when they get their JSA every week or so! I would certainly preferr my taxes to pay for something accidental like this. I bet if this was you or a family member you wouldnt be as harsh as you are.
Some people must be such low-lifes to go on about whose paying for the work to be done. 'Does it matter who is paying for it? Even if your taxes dont pay for that your be paying some junkie for their drugs when they get their JSA every week or so! I would certainly preferr my taxes to pay for something accidental like this. I bet if this was you or a family member you wouldnt be as harsh as you are. yummymummy10

11:19pm Mon 22 Mar 10

pater mcvey says...

cj65 wrote:
This is really off the point, and I feel really sorry for her for the fire and I hope everything gets back on track for her soon...but just a random question...why were her kids at home at 10am on Monday?! Should they not have been at school out of harms way?! I do of course realise that this is not the point of the story at all, and I am not pointing the finger or anything....but I just couldn't help wondering! :-)
Do you honestly think that they would bother with such trivial things as school.
[quote][p][bold]cj65[/bold] wrote: This is really off the point, and I feel really sorry for her for the fire and I hope everything gets back on track for her soon...but just a random question...why were her kids at home at 10am on Monday?! Should they not have been at school out of harms way?! I do of course realise that this is not the point of the story at all, and I am not pointing the finger or anything....but I just couldn't help wondering! :-)[/p][/quote]Do you honestly think that they would bother with such trivial things as school. pater mcvey

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