Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family Flee Blaze as TV Set Explodes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Family Flee Blaze as TV Set Explodes

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Byline: By Louise Redvers

A terrified family narrowly escaped injury after their TV blew up and set the house on fire.

A loud bang, followed by the wailing of the smoke alarm, alerted Margaret Douglas to the blaze at her home on Naworth Drive, Westerhope, Newcastle.

The 63-year-old had was making a cup of coffee in the kitchen when the television set exploded just after 6.30pm on Monday evening.

Mrs Douglas' grandson Lewis, 13, heard the explosion. The family immediately closed the living room door and called 999.

But while Mrs Douglas' daughter Vera McCutcheon, 43, was on the phone to the fire brigade, her mum turned off the power supply disconnecting the call.

Fortunately neighbours who'd seen the blaze had also called 999 and firefighters were able to locate the house.

"I was so concerned about turning off the power I didn't realise it would disconnect the phone," explained Mrs Douglas, who used to work in a fish and chip shop. …

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