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Derek Healy and Charlene Murphy with baby Mila Murphy. They escaped from a burning building on Gloucester Place Lwr, Dublin 1 last week

Derek Healy and Charlene Murphy with baby Mila Murphy. They escaped from a burning building on Gloucester Place Lwr, Dublin 1 last week

Mila Murphy (3 months) and and her aunt Lola Murphy (2) who are recovering from the fire at their home at Gloucester Place on  Tuesday November 25, 2014.

Mila Murphy (3 months) and and her aunt Lola Murphy (2) who are recovering from the fire at their home at Gloucester Place on Tuesday November 25, 2014.

Hero Mark Furlong (left) and Baby Mila Murphy with her parents Derek Healy and Charlene Murphy (right)

Hero Mark Furlong (left) and Baby Mila Murphy with her parents Derek Healy and Charlene Murphy (right)

Mark Furlong

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Derek Healy and Charlene Murphy with baby Mila Murphy. They escaped from a burning building on Gloucester Place Lwr, Dublin 1 last week

THE family of a baby, who was rescued from a burning building when she was thrown from a window and caught by a local hero, will be split up for Christmas.

Three-month-old Mila Healy had a lucky escape when she was thrown by her dad Derek Healy into the arms of hero Mark Furlong (20), who came to the scene when he heard their shouts for help at 5am on November 25.

In all, six people were hospitalised after jumping or being thrown to safety from the blaze that started in the house on Gloucester Place.

They included were: Derek (26), his partner Charlene Murphy (25), her teenage brother Gary, Mila's aunt Lola (two) and Edel, who is Charlene's mother and lucky Mila's grandmother.

Edel was the last to be taken from the raging fire, and as neighbours dragged her out the back door the windows were blown out on top of them.

The injured adults were taken to the Mater Hospital, while the children were taken to Temple Street.

Most have now been released, but Edel is likely to have to stay in over Christmas, having suffered broken legs in her jump from the house.

"Everyone is out now except Charlene's mother.

"She's got a broken leg, so it looks like she will be in the hospital for the next few weeks. It looks like she will be in over Christmas," Derek said.

He said that the family have been living in different family members' houses while they try to get back on their feet.

"We're spread out at family houses. We didn't have insurance, so we lost everything," he said.

Derek spoke how he met hero Mark just three days after the event.

"I told him that I just couldn't thank him enough," he said.

event

An event was held at Lowry's Bar on Summerhill, on Saturday, attended by 300 people, to help raise funds for the families affected by the Gloucester Place fire.

"I didn't get to go to it myself, but I was told that there were around 300 people there," said Derek.

The Facebook page for the event attracted 660 likes, as the community rallied around the victims.

With tickets at €10 each, it means that the event raised around €3,000 for the families and Derek said he is grateful for all the support.

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