Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chip Pan Blazes and Row over Airport. Years Ago 20

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chip Pan Blazes and Row over Airport. Years Ago 20

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A FATHER and son saved by a fire alarm, criticism of education bosses and controversial plans for Teesside Airport, here's a look at the news from this week in 1997.

A DAD and his five-year-old son were lucky to be alive after leaping for their lives from a devastating fire which began in a chip pan.

Shaun Robinson was asleep on the sofa at his home in Ingleby Barwick and son Nathan was in bed when the smoke alarm went off at around 1.40am.

The frantic 33-year-old raced upstairs to grab the sleeping tot, only to find he was trapped with both the front and back doors locked.

So the pair escaped the blaze by clambering from a downstairs bathroom window.

Mum Angela was at work at the time and returned to Harbottle Close a few hours later to find they had lost everything.

And as the family recovered, fire chiefs stressed it was the alarm which saved them.

"The house is gutted," said Thornaby fire station officer Keith Roberts. "It swept through very quickly.

Luckily they had a smoke alarm at the top of the stairs. The alarm woke the dad and he ran upstairs to grab his son.

"If it hadn't been for the smoke alarm they would both still be asleep now."

Two crews from Thornaby and one from Coulby Newham used four breathing apparatus to fight the inferno.

| Education bosses were accused of abandoning a Teesside community after vandals wrecked a doomed school.

The decision to close St Christopher's in the St Hilda's area of Middlesbrough How we reported the blaze was taken because of dwindling numbers and cash cuts.

But Middlesbrough Council agreed to create a centre for underfives with reception and nursery classes and community facilities. …

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