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21/06/2015 16:00 BST

Derbyshire Fire Kills Three And Injures Five, As Neighbours Tell Of Seeing Baby Thrown From Burning Flat

Three people, including a baby girl, are dead and a further five remain in hospital after a fire at a flat in Derbyshire.

Witnesses have told how a man threw a child out of a window of the burning building onto a mattress and how neighbours used ladders in desperate rescue attempts before fire crews arrived just after 4am, the BBC reports.

A man, a woman, and a baby girl died at the scene of the Langley Mill blaze, while a further five people were taken to hospital.

Derbyshire police said they are "keeping an open mind as to the cause of the fire and have not ruled anything out".

A car fire spread to nearby flats, the BBC reports, and several neighbouring properties were evacuated after the blaze caused a gas leak.

One neighbour said that he saw a man throw a child out of a window of the burning building onto a mattress on the ground. And other witnesses have described how close to a dozen neighbours used ladders in desperate attempts to rescue people from the blaze.

A fire service spokesman said that two people from the flat that caught on fire managed to escape along with a further three people from a nearby flat.

Neighbour Craig McFarlane told the BBC: "We went to get a few ladders and managed to get a few people out. There were about 20-30 people running around. Everyone was out there doing what they could do.

"Flames were climbing up the stairs and up the flats so fast. Nobody stood a chance."

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