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Mum drops baby girl to safety in house fire attack

A baby girl narrowly escaped death after being dropped from the first floor of a house following a suspected arson attack.

A couple and two young children were recovering today after the fire in their Co Antrim home.

Witnesses said the fire was so severe that the child's mother was forced to drop the baby from the upstairs window.

The family awoke to find their home on fire early yesterday morning. To save her 14-month-old baby's life, the young mother dropped her into the arms of a neighbour standing in the garden below.


The blaze, which the PSNI said was started deliberately, broke out at about 4am in the Rathcoole estate near Belfast.

The baby was unhurt. Her three-year-old sibling and the couple also escaped unharmed.

The property was gutted by the fire.

Neighbour Deborah Stockyard said the front door was up in flames and that the mother had no choice but to throw her baby out of the bathroom window.

"They threw the wee young one for us catch it. I lifted her and ran with her," she said.