Blaze family starts new life

David and Kelly Williams with Ryhs and Mckenzie who want to thank residents in Gomersal for the help they received after their home caught fire. (d10011106)
David and Kelly Williams with Ryhs and Mckenzie who want to thank residents in Gomersal for the help they received after their home caught fire. (d10011106)
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a FAMILY who lost everything when their home caught fire on Christmas Eve have started a new life in Birstall.

David and Kelly Williams were rescued from their blazing property in Roberson Terrace, Gomersal, in the early hours by a neighbour who was woken by his dog.

The couple, who have since moved to Lowood Lane with their two small children; Rhys, two and Mckenzie, one, managed to escape from the house by jumping from the bedroom window, but suffered serious injuries which meant they had to spend Christmas in hospital.

Mrs Williams, 32, said: “David jumped from the window and cut his head open on the porch roof and broke three ribs as he was falling. I cut my leg really badly when I fell and we both suffered smoke inhalation which meant we had to spend Christmas Day in intensive care. Luckily the children weren’t so badly affected as we protected them from the smoke, so they were discharged from hospital on Christmas Eve.”

The family, who are now settling into their new home, said they owed their lives to 18-month-old dog Noodles, their black Labrador who tragically died in the fire.

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our dog,” said Mrs Williams.

“Rhys was asleep in his bedroom and as I went in to get him I was so overcome by the smoke that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. Noodles grabbed hold of my nightie in her mouth and guided me into his room. I was able to pick him up and pass him out of the window to David.”

When their friends and family heard what had happened, they rallied round to raise money and buy clothes, toiletries and Christmas presents so the family wouldn’t be without on Christmas day. Offers of fridge freezers, washing machines and other household goods came flooding in soon after.

Mrs Williams said: “We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of people. People at my aunt’s work Kalon in Birstall gave us loads of things for the kids.” The family were reunited on New Year’s Eve and say they will enjoy another ‘Christmas Day’ later on in the year.

Mr Williams, 29, added: “When you think about what we lost, none of that matters because we have everything we need right here. We all could have died that night and we are just grateful that we are here to tell the story.”