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A man who rescued children from a house fire in Manchester says
he just did what he had to do to save their lives.
Two adults died in the blaze in Withington in the early hours
of yesterday and five people remain in a stable condition in hospital.
When I got there, I could hear screaming from the girl
in the back garden, then I used the front gate...
Robert Chilowa was awoken by the sound of screaming
When he ran down the street, he found a house ravaged by fire.
The eldest girl had already jumped, but more children were hanging out
of the bedroom window as the smoke billowed out.
The moment I saw them, I just put my hands out
and I reassured them, "Jump, I will hold you," so the boy
jumped first and I couldn't hold him there because of the smoke and heat,
so he managed to fall onto the floor and I put him to the safe
place and the girl jumped and I put her in a safe place.
A man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene, but the children
and a man who suffered a heart attack after being pulled
out of the house are recovering in hospital.
You can still smell the remains of the fire in the air as a joint
investigation by the fire service and the police continues.
They're using specially trained sniffer dogs who can detect
accelerants to try and establish how the blaze began.
The streets around the property on Parsonage Road remain
closed as forensic teams carry out their work and it's
an experience that will take some time to sink in for the man
I feel happy that, you know, at least I managed to save two lives
A fund set up to help care for the children of a terminally ill
mum from Wirral has almost reached the half way point
Mother-of-three Julie Bennet has cancer and is being cared
She lost her husband Mike to the same disease just days ago.
A new centre offering free legal advice and support
The Greater Manchester Law Centre aims to provide access to free
and independent legal advice as well as campaigning for justice
Bolton actress Maxine Peak is one of its patrons.
The access to legal advice should be as important
as access to free healthcare, and I don't think people realise
that till they found themselves in that position and most people
think they never will, but you never know that moment
and it's so important that there are places like this
If not, how will people ever afford it?
Adults and Children from across Lancashire will be
making a splash in Burscow this week for the annual North West Puddle
Back due to popular demand, this is the third year running
that the Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has held
the event, where the jumps are judged on three main qualities.
Victoria Fellowes from the trust explains what makes a good one.
Just to give you a little bit of advice on how to create
the perfect jump this week, we're looking for creativity
of jump, so maybe you want to land on your knees or do a star-jump
We're also looking for the height of the splash, but most of all we're
just looking for people who want to have fun.
In the Premier League, Manchester United are
Middlesborough were 0-0 in their match against Everton
and later Liverpool will take on Tottenham Hotspur.
It has been a rather dull, damp start to the day.
Grey skies and quite a lot of drizzle.
As we continue through this weekend we're likely to see a few more.
We have a weather system crossing tonight and that could give us
some wintry showers, particularly over the
It's a cold night and we still have the easterly breeze
so were showers may bring colder air, that's where we see them
turning a touch wintry, temperatures holding between two
and 3 Celsius, the cloud and breeze helping with that.
Tomorrow, some showers are blown in from the east,
wintry over the tops of the Pennines, but temperatures
during the day not doing much better, pushing up to around 3 or 4
Celsius, perhaps more shower along the coast,
It's not until we head into the start of the new working
week where we see some drier air so temperatures will start
to improve and we're looking at something in the way
of brightness as we start the new working week on Monday.
Good afternoon. An afternoon to snuggle up in front of the telly and
watch some rugby. It's been a cold winter's day. Not just for humans.
This shot was taken earlier. There was some sunshine in Scotland, here
a beautiful afternoon. That was the expectation for most. It's bleak out
there. A mixture of rain and snow on the radar. You have to go a long way
up the hills to find settling snow. Into the evening and temperatures
begin to fall again, we could see some of the white stuff turning up
again at lower levels across eastern Counties of England and quite a lot
of snow piling up over the Pennines in particular on a brisk wind, it is
going to feel cold wherever you are with temperatures hovering close to