Off-duty nurse stopped to help blaze victims

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A nurse who works at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been praised for coming to the aid of the victims of a blaze.

A second hand electrical goods shop was destroyed and a house next door badly damaged in the fire in Accrington,

Thirty firefighters and six engines tackled the blaze which led to the street being evacuated.

But it was off-duty Vic nurse Laurie Fielding who was singled out for praise.

The 31-year-old mum-of-one said: “I was driving down Blackburn Road when I saw two fire engines and a hell of a lot of smoke. I saw two people stood there, a man with clothes on, and a woman wearing just a dressing gown and slippers.

“There was nobody with them because obviously the firefighters were busy, so I pulled over to see if there was anything I could do.”

Miss Fielding gave the woman, who was coughing and complaining of a sore throat, her mobile phone, coat, and scarf to use.

“She also asked if I could put her cat in my car, so I did that too,” said Laurie.

Hyndburn mayor and Accrington councillor Munsif Dad thanked Laurie for her help.

He said: “There are good people out there who do good things like this, and offer their support, and I praise that young lady for helping.

“In difficult times, people try and help.”

A fire service spokesman said: “We would like to thank the nurse, Laurie Fielding, who tended to the occupants of the house next door until the arrival of the ambulance.

“The start of the fire is not yet known and is being investigated.”