The neighbours of a woman who was seriously injured after jumping from a second floor window to escape a blaze at her Northamptonshire home said she “had no other way out.”
The 30-year-old woman was taken to hospital after a fire that was started in nearby wheelie bin spread to her house in Ripley Walk in Corby in the early hours of Sunday morning (June 28).
She is currently in hospital with what police have described as “serious injuries.”
Sharon Hutchison, a neighbour of the victim, said: “The scene woke us up in the middle of the night.
“We heard screaming and glass smashing, but we couldn’t get into the property.
“She lives in the building’s maisonette and, with her front door blocked by the fire, she would have had no other way out.
“There were other people trying to get in but couldn’t, and I was worried about the family downstairs who have a baby.
“I have lived here in many years and nothing like this has ever happened before, but the lady in the property had only been living here a few weeks.”
Police are treating the cause of the fire, which broke out at around 3am, as suspicious and have already arrested a 15-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man in connection with the incident. Both have now been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the fire and would especially like to speak to the occupants of a small dark car, which was in the area at the time.
Witnesses, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.