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Quick-thinking mum saves family in London blaze by flooding their flat

Mirror logo Mirror 15/06/2017 Jane Lavender
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A brave mum saved her family as they were trapped in the Grenfell Tower inferno - by running a bath and flooding her entire flat.

Natasha Elcock was trapped along with her boyfriend and her six-year-old daughter in their 11th floor home when the blaze ripped through the building.

The family had followed instructions to stay in the flat if a fire broke out, but after 90 minutes fire crews told her to flee the flat.

Natasha explained the front door was too hot to touch and when it started to buckle and the windows began to bubble, the John Lewis worker knew she had to take drastic action.

The 38-year-old mum, who has lived in the tower block for 20 years, turned on her taps and flooded the bathroom.

She told the Daily Star : "I let the bathroom flood. It kept the flat damp and it may have saved our lives."

Credits: Evening Standard / eyevine © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Evening Standard / eyevine Natasha kept her daughter on the wet floor and made sure her family stayed in the coldest room.

Firefighters eventually reached the stricken family at 3am and led them to safety.

The death toll after the tragedy has now risen to 17 and fire bosses have warned the number of people killed could be more than 100.

Credits: i-Images Picture Agency © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: i-Images Picture Agency There are still 17 people fighting for their lives in hospital, with dozens more injured, including nine firefighters.

Other acts of extreme bravery have been reported during the desperate escape from the flames.

Hero dad Marcio Gomes had fled the burning building holding onto his 12-year-old daughter.

But in the confusion the pair were separated. The 38-year-old raced back into the flames to carry his daughter to safety.

And 16-year-old Ines Alves fled the tower block carrying only her mobile phone and GCSE revision notes before heading into school to sit her chemistry exam.

Flames and smoke billow as firefighters deal with a serious fire in a tower block at Latimer Road in West London. London apartment block fire

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