Belper’s hero Ed was a ‘kind lad’ who loved to crack jokes

Hero Edward Green, 17, from Belper died trying to save a mother and child from a fire (Facebook)
Hero Edward Green, 17, from Belper died trying to save a mother and child from a fire (Facebook)

Tributes have been paid to the hero Belper teenager who reportedly died trying to save a mother and baby from a house fire.

And now Derbyshire police has arrested three people on suspicion of murder as investigations continue into the cause of the blaze in the early hours of Sunday.

Tributes have been pouring in with flowers being left at the site of the fire which killed three, on North Street, Langley Mill. (Tom Maddick - Ross Parry)

Tributes have been pouring in with flowers being left at the site of the fire which killed three, on North Street, Langley Mill. (Tom Maddick - Ross Parry)

Edward Green, 17, from Belper, was at the Langley Mill home of Amy Smith, 17, and her six and a half month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt when the block of flats were engulfed in flames.

Other friends were able to escape the blaze, but reports hit national headlines saying Edward went back into the house to try and save the mother and child after getting to safety.

Friend of Edward’s Dayen Smith, 17, from Ilkeston, said he will always remember his classmate’s kind heart.

He added: “Ed was a really nice, kind lad, and he was very funny - he was always cracking jokes at college.”

The scene on North Street, Langley Mill. (Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk)

The scene on North Street, Langley Mill. (Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk)

The two were at Derby College together, taking an apprenticeship in bricklaying since September, added Dayen.

“I always liked working with him because we always had a good laugh.

“He used to come into college and try and pull a wheelie on his moped, and purposefully fall off to make everyone laugh.”

Edward wanted to be a bricklayer when he left college, said Dayen - “and he would have been a good brickie, he was very talented with a trowel.”

And he can imagine Edward doing everything he could to try and save Amy and Ruby-Grace from the fire.

“I can picture that, he liked messing about, but when he needed to be serious he always came through for other people. He’s always said when someone’s in trouble you’ve got to help them.

“He had a sweet soul - there is a video of him playing an acoustic guitar and singing ‘I Can Be Your Hero Baby’. It’s a wonderful way to remember him.”

Big on motorbikes, Edward had recently moved onto a farm with his family, said Dayen, who wished all the best to his loved ones.

“I hope his family will be okay after what’s happened. RIP big man, I’ll never forget you.”

Edward attended Heanor Gate Science College prior to college, and leaves behind a younger brother Toby, who is now in year nine at the school.

Headteacher Rob Howard said: “Our thoughts are with family and friends of all those who died, at this difficult time.

“The school will be holding a special assembly this week in memory of Edward. Support is also in place for his brother Toby, who is in year nine at the school, and for Edwards friends in the sixth form.

“Edward was a popular young man who will be greatly missed.”

Hundreds of messages have poured in on social media to remember the three “angels”.

Rachel Gillott said: “He died an absolute hero. Sacrificing his own life to try and save another. An honour knowing him. God Bless you Edward Green.”