VIDEO: Mother dragged from house fire by neighbours before it exploded

VIDEO: Mother dragged from house fire by neighbours before it exploded

November 21, 2022

Moment mother, 27, was dragged from house fire by neighbours moments before it exploded after she deliberately started blaze

  • Sabina Khanom, 27, was dragged from a house fire she deliberately started
  • Gary Burroughs tackled her just before property exploded in Newport, Wales
  • Khanom pleaded guilty to arson and was jailed for two years and six months 

Video shows the terrifying moment neighbours heroically dragged mother from a house fire she had deliberately started.

Sabina Khanom, 27, was tackled by her neighbour Gary Burroughs just moments before her home in Newport, Wales was engulfed by flames.

Mr Burroughs stopped her just yards from the front door after Khanom dashed into the flat, which was filling with smoke, and shouted: ‘I have to get my baby’s clothes.’

The dramatic rescue was captured on CCTV and played to Cardiff Crown Court as Khanom was jailed for arson. 

Sabina Khanom, 27, was tackled by her neighbour Gary Burroughs just moments before her home in Newport, Wales totally engulfed in flames. She had deliberately started the blaze herself by setting fire to balls of tissue on her sofa

Video shows the terrifying moment neighbours heroically dragged mother from a burning house before it exploded after she deliberately started the blaze 

The court heard Khanom deliberately started the blaze herself by setting fire to balls of tissue on her sofa. 

Two boys riding past on bikes saw the sofa on fire and reported it to their mother who in turn dialled 999.

Firefighters arrived moments after Khanom had been pulled clear of the building and an explosion caused the front windows to blow out.

She pleaded guilty to arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, drunk and disorderly behaviour and possession of a controlled drug of class B.

Khanom was also in breach of a suspended sentence for using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour and being in possession of a bladed article.

She was jailed for two years and six months. 

Mr Burroughs stopped Khanom just yards from the front door after she dashed into the flat, which was filling with smoke, and shouted: ‘I have to get my baby’s clothes’

Firefighters arrived moments after Khanom had been pulled clear of the building and an explosion caused the front windows to blow out

The dramatic rescue was captured on CCTV and played to Cardiff Crown Court as Khanom was sentenced for arson

Gareth Williams, defending, said Khanom suffered a personality disorder and PTSD and had used alcohol and drugs but had not intended to hurt anyone with the blaze.

Judge Michael Fitton KC told her: ‘This was a very serious offence, you were responsible for the fire in a residential area where children were playing in the street. 

‘The risk to other people, not just the firefighters and residents, was a significant risk.

‘Coming from what you have been struggling with for some time, the worse thing you could do is use alcohol, take cannabis or other drugs as a form of self medication or treatment.

‘It’s a disaster to mix emotionally unstable personality disorder with drink and drugs.’

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