house on fire brave mother to the rescue

@winterose (39897)
Canada
March 8, 2008 9:06am CST
last night in the news, we were told about a local family and a mother of about 6 kids, a fire broke out downstairs, and everyone was sleeping upstairs. this mom was a single parent with 6 young children I think because they never mentioned anything about a father, anyhow she took every one of her children and threw them out the window, one neighbour caught the one year old baby, the rest fell in the the snow bank below, then she jumped out the window herself. the three year old is in serious condition, with 3rd degree burns but the rest have minor injuries, the neighbours are calling this mother a hero do you think she is? and what would you do for your children and yourself if your house was on fire. I would like to hope that I would do the same thing.
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@ellie333 (21018)
9 Mar 08
I have actually been in this situation for real. I was visiting a friend who had 5 children , the where two others round playing and I had the two I had at the time with me when a fire broke out due to an electrical fault on a cooker. We were third and fourth floors up. As a mother your natural instinct is to protect your children no matter what danger you yourself are in. I managed to get eight of the nine children out to safety but couldn't get upstairs to the ninth, luckily she was a very gymnastic child and jumped from the fourth floor to a balcony below and accross other balconies. The only injury being a damaged ankle. Had to go in the ambulance to hospital on a double oxygen mask with one of the other children, but we were all released later that day. Very frightening experience as it must also have been for this mother. I do hope her 3 year old recovers well. My thoughts are with them at this time. Ellie :D
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
9 Mar 08
wow what a story, the closest I have is being next door the the fire and having to get out, my son stayed back to rescue our 5 cats, I wrote the whole article, Do you subscribe to my e-zine where I write my stories and feature stories and poems of other writers?
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@ellie333 (21018)
9 Mar 08
No I don't Winterose but would be interested in doing so as I myself write poetry and like to read others also. Do I just go into your profile to find, which I will do, if not please send me details and I will sign for. Ellie :D Ps. Just noticed BR thankyou. :O
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@ellie333 (21018)
9 Mar 08
Hi have just been in and subscribed for the Storytime Tapestry and the ezine newsletters. Many thanks. Ellie :D
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
8 Mar 08
Hi winterose, I heard about this from a friend this morning. Amazing, and I'm so happy to hear the outcome. I do hope the three year old recovers. Yes, I do believe she's a hero. From my understanding, in a fire, there's a very small 'window of opportunity' to react. This lady must've remained relatively calm, and was very quick thinking. My daughter is a teen now, but I know I'd do all I could in this type of situation, for all of us, including our kitty. This friend I spoke to on the phone, said there seems to be an extraordinary number of fires, this season, here in Canada. I'm wondering if the severe weather has anything to do with it?
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
9 Mar 08
well in the winter there are always more fires than the summer here in canada because of the heating systems but in this case the last I heard they believe the sofa caught on fire I didn't hear anymore details yet.
@howard96h (11643)
• New York, New York
8 Mar 08
I am so glad she was able to save her children. I purchased an escape fire blanket (got one for my mother too who lives alone) you put it over your head and cover your upper body and can run through a fire if this is the only escape to safety. If small children are involved you cover the child and yourself together. The blanket is very lightweight and when I travel I always put it in my backpack so I have it with me when I am staying at a hotel/motel. When I return home it goes right back under my bed, always ready in the event I ever need it. I truly believe everyone should have one of these blankets in their homes. We also purchased the emergency smoke mask. http://www.probuy.net/products/sp-032.html They also sell an emergency smoke mask that can keep you safe during your escape. http://www.probuy.net/products/HKMASK.html
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
9 Mar 08
good idea
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
10 Mar 08
I'm sorry but I wouldn't consider her a hero...She done what she was suppose to do..Protect her children..I would do what I needed to do to keep my children safe...
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@GardenGerty (115096)
• United States
9 Mar 08
y kids are up in years, I do not have to worry. I did have a mental escape plan when they were little. My problem is that I never shared it with them. It would have been easy to jump down from our upstairs, and I did have porches outside the bedroom windows which would have given good platform to jump or use a sheet to lower us with. I agree though, that she did a heroic job of keeping her head together and getting the job done. She must have just moved right into action as soon as she discovered the emergency.
@aretha (2538)
• United States
8 Mar 08
i think any true mother that truely loves her kids would do it. i think i would my kids are my world and without them i would go crazy. i do think she is a hero and these kids are very lucky to have a mother that would do this. you see on the news sometimes where the parents made it out but not the kids. i really don't think you could get me out with out my kids. its crazy!
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
8 Mar 08
It's hard to say wether she's a hero or not..i mean, it's a mother's role to protect her children isn't it? She's still a hero, i say, for doing it fast and effectively, saving all of her 6 children. I believe i'd save my son, my hubby and my dogs before saving myself.
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