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WATCH: Church Crookham mum's emotional warning after near fatal fire

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WATCH: Church Crookham mum's emotional warning after near fatal fire

Published at 2:55pm 26th February 2019. (Updated at 8:05am 27th February 2019)

"Her whole life could have been flipped upside down because I tried to cook some chips."

The maternal instinct of Church Crookham mum Amber is obvious as she considers what might have been if she hadn't been rescued from her burning flat in April last year.

While receiving lifesaving CPR outside, firefighters returned to the first-floor apartment in search of her baby daughter - only to discover an empty cot.

Watch Amber's emotional warning about leaving cooking unattended:

Thankfully after "four or five rounds of CPR" Amber came to and confirmed there was nobody left inside the flat and that her daughter was staying with someone else.

Among the firefighters responding that night was Nick Boulding who, having children of his own, described an "immense" feeling of relief after learning that Amber's child was safe.

Amber says it has been difficult to come to terms with what happened and that she previously thought she was not the sort of person who would leave cooking unattended.

She said: 

"For some reason I took myself to bed, I went to bed instead of going and checking on my food.

"I must have just thought 'oh I'll lay down while it's cooking.'

"I appreciate everyone's going to have an opinion on things and 'oh, silly girl I would never do that' but I would have said that about someone that done it and then it happened to me.

"I think it's taken a long time for it to set in how serious it was and I was actually classed as dead.

"That's hard to wrap your head around."

"All I could think about was my little girl and what would have happened if I would have spent another minute in there."

Read Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services' fire safety advice

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