‘Worst fire I’ve seen’

a FIREFIGHTER who attended the horrific house fire in Hulland Ward that killed four children has described it as the worst incident he has attended throughout his career.

Paul Holmes, the station manager at Ashbourne, said that in 30 years in the job he had seen fatalities as a result of fires, but never four in one property.

Now, the two crews from the Ashbourne station that were the first to arrive at the Highfield Road blaze at about 11.30pm on Monday, January 24, have been offered counselling. They have also been visited by a chaplain.

When the crews got to the scene they were greeted by the sight of mum Rachel Henson desperately trying to get back into the property and screaming that her children were still inside.

The ferocious fire claimed the lives of the four brothers and sisters.

Mr Holmes said: “All the lads have been affected by it, some more than others.”

As a result of the tragedy, fire crews, community safety officers and volunteers will be out in force across Derbyshire in the coming weeks to raise awareness of fire safety in the home and the importance of fitting and testing smoke alarms.