Manor Park school girl awarded for help following house fire
PUBLISHED: 18:00 09 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:11 09 March 2015
A brave school girl from Manor Park has been recognised for her help in saving a young family after a house fire broke out last week.
Natalia Kalisz, 13, of Second Avenue, was returning home from school when she came across the smoke-logged house in Barking Road, East Ham at about 4.20pm.
The Langdon Academy student, was later awarded with a certificate of bravery for calling the fire service after she heard 53-year-old mum, Hozan Ibrahim, screaming for help because her children were trapped inside the burning home.
Natalia was soon joined by Sanjay Singh, 26, who risked his own life and forced open the front-door to rescue 10-year-old Jamilla Ibrahim along with her 18-year-old brother Haroon.
Natalia said: “There was a lot of smoke coming out of the window and I heard the mum shouting. I knew I had to help.
“I’ve been taught to love my neighbours and I wanted to do what I could.
After the man rescued the children I stayed with them and the mum until the ambulance arrived.”
As the fire crews from East Ham and Plaistow arrived Natalia stood on the street corner to flag them down.
She said: “As I was walking away the fireman stopped me to tell me how good it was that I raised the alarm. If I hadn’t called when I did, the incident could have been a lot worse.”
Natalia’s mum, Karolina Kalisz, added: “I’m very proud of my daughter. When she came home and told me about it I couldn’t believe it at first.
“She’s a very brave girl and she is able to control her emotions which is important in these kind of situations.”
The fire is likely to have started from unattended cooking when Mrs Ibrahim popped out leaving Haroon to look after the house.
Nobody was injured in the incident.