Families flee flat blaze in Keynsham Road in Bitterne, Southampton

Daily Echo: Eva Wasilewska and her son Maxwell Eva Wasilewska and her son Maxwell

TWO families fled their homes after an alleged arson attack saw fire engulf the top floor of a city apartment block.

Thick plumes of smoke filled the hallway after the blaze broke out in a bedroom of a fourth floor flat in Keynsham Road, Bitterne.

Nine firefighters from Hightown fire station tackled the fire in the early hours of yesterday which saw a 28-year-old woman and two children taken to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Mum-of-one Eva Wasilewska, who lives next door to where the fire broke out, described how she had her young cat Leon to thank for alerting her to the blaze.

She said: “It was very scary, it was about 1.30am and I could hear my cat miaowing loudly, which woke me up.

“I’d never heard Leon miaow like that and then I heard the fire alarm and thought something must have happened. I could hear my neighbour shouting to her children and they ran out of the flat.

“I was asking her if she needed help. My cat Leon is my hero for what he did.”

Ms Wasilewska, 35, who works as a cleaner, opened the windows in her flat and then fled the property with her 10-year-old son, Maxwell.

Daily Echo: The flats at Keynsham Road in Bitterne where the fire broke out

Another neighbour described how she could hear a party going on at the flat where the fire broke out.

Cher Crimble, a 28-year-old mum-of-one who lives on the third floor, said: “I could hear noise coming from upstairs at about 10.30pm and there seemed to be some sort of party going on.

“At about 1.30am I was woken up by my cat Bolt, who was rubbing his head against me.

“The whole top floor was blackened and there were plumes of smoke. It was a little bit distressing at the time. I thought I would need to be evacuated.”

Cher was quick to praise the actions of the firefighters who asked her to stay in her home and quickly dealt with the blaze.

She added: “The firemen were brilliant.”

Police confirmed a 28-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is now helping them with their inquiries.

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:02pm Sat 3 May 14

mickey01 says...

top floor of a city apartment block ! makes it sound like the towering inferno
top floor of a city apartment block ! makes it sound like the towering inferno mickey01
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Sat 3 May 14

loonaloop says...

Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors.
Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors. loonaloop
  • Score: -4

1:41pm Sat 3 May 14

Bagamn says...

loonaloop wrote:
Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors.
Look again, there are four floors to the right and three on the left.
[quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors.[/p][/quote]Look again, there are four floors to the right and three on the left. Bagamn
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Sat 3 May 14

Mary80 says...

thats crazy i live close to that place
thats crazy i live close to that place Mary80
  • Score: -2

9:29pm Sat 3 May 14

loonaloop says...

Bagamn wrote:
loonaloop wrote:
Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors.
Look again, there are four floors to the right and three on the left.
Look again, ground floor, 1st, 2nd and 3rd on both sides. thanks.
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors.[/p][/quote]Look again, there are four floors to the right and three on the left.[/p][/quote]Look again, ground floor, 1st, 2nd and 3rd on both sides. thanks. loonaloop
  • Score: -3

10:01pm Sat 3 May 14

Bally_Hoo says...

loonaloop wrote:
Bagamn wrote:
loonaloop wrote:
Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors.
Look again, there are four floors to the right and three on the left.
Look again, ground floor, 1st, 2nd and 3rd on both sides. thanks.
Ground, first second and third, makes 4 floors in total
[quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loonaloop[/bold] wrote: Forth floor?? the photo is of a block with 3 floors.[/p][/quote]Look again, there are four floors to the right and three on the left.[/p][/quote]Look again, ground floor, 1st, 2nd and 3rd on both sides. thanks.[/p][/quote]Ground, first second and third, makes 4 floors in total Bally_Hoo
  • Score: 4

9:31am Sun 4 May 14

bigfella777 says...

I like that both cats feline senses alerted people to the danger, very interesting
I like that both cats feline senses alerted people to the danger, very interesting bigfella777
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree