'I feared child would be burned to ashes': Mum
A mother has described the harrowing moment she tried to save her young children after a fire engulfed their apartment complex saying: "I thought my child was going to be burned to ashes."
Maggie Green (30) was in her apartment in Inchicore, Dublin, with her children, John (13), Francie (9) and Savannah (7) when their home was targeted in a suspected arson attack on September 18, 2017.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, she said: "I woke up suddenly and I looked over the banister and saw the flames at the end of the stairs. My oldest son John was sleeping downstairs and I screamed for him.
"The fire had engulfed the front door so we couldn't escape. I couldn't get down the stairs to John and he couldn't get up the stairs to me because of the flames. It was horrific. I'll never forget the fear in his eyes.
"I told John to run out to the balcony window and breathe in some fresh air. He disappeared and I waited without knowing if my child was going to be burned to ashes."
Maggie ran back to the bedrooms to get her two younger children: "Francie tried to run downstairs and I had to keep him back. I told him to stay in his room while I grabbed Savannah in her room but he was terrified. He said, 'Mummy I'm going to die, I love you. I'm going to granda in heaven'."
The family were rescued but have faced a gruelling recovery from their injuries. They are living with Maggie's mother and brother in a two-bedroom house and waiting for Dublin City Council to rehome them.