Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What Caused Family of Seven to Collapse? Barbecue Riddle as Entire Family Are Overcome by Fumes after Sunday Supper

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What Caused Family of Seven to Collapse? Barbecue Riddle as Entire Family Are Overcome by Fumes after Sunday Supper

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Byline: CRAIG JOHNS Reporter craig.johns@trinitymirror.com

The family home where all seven members needed to be hospitalised FIVE children, the youngest just one, and their parents cheated death after being overcome by fumes when a barbecue almost ended in tragedy.

Exactly what caused the near miss is unclear, but the emergency services raced to the family home after a 999 call.

Paramedics and firefighters found the family slumped semiconscious at the house in the Fossway, Walker, Newcastle, on Sunday night.

They were taken to the city's RVI and it was feared they had been exposed to carbon monoxide.

All were later discharged, with mother Barha Aldamgha telling of her relief through her brother Basher, who acted as a translator.

She said: "I'm so relieved that we are all OK. I'm very happy and I know we have been very lucky."

Barha, her partner Ibrahim Zia Alabdin, and their five children Hiba, eight; Mohammed, seven; Ginah, four; Gada, two; and oneyear-old Ahmmad, needed help. One neighbour described the events as 'mayhem.'.

Barha said they had enjoyed a family BBQ that night, but insisted it had not been inside the house.

She said: "I don't understand what happened. We had a BBQ last weekend exactly the same - same charcoal, same BBQ, everything and this did not happen.

"We had our tea from the BBQ at about 6pm and it was maybe 9.30-10pm time we started to feel a bit unwell - a bit sleepy. The children started showing signs first and I don't remember much more after that."

Neighbours described the 'horror' of the events that unfolded with one describing the nightmare of seeing one of the children having his chest pumped in the front garden.

Kayleigh Thompson, a mother of three, said: " I saw all the lights going past. It's quite a quiet area but I could see the lights and they didn't seem to pass so I jumped up to look out the window and that's when I saw them all over the road. I saw emergency crews dashing into the house. …

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