Woman cautioned after two children injured in house blaze
9:00am Saturday 23rd June 2012 in News
A woman has been cautioned after two children received injuries in a fire at a house in Bolton.
Zara Aslam, aged 25, had left three-year-old Husnain-Ali Aslam and his one-year-old sister Maliha Aslam alone at their Heaton home for a few minutes while she nipped to the shops on Monday evening.
Police were called by the fire service to the address on Longden Street in Halliwell, Bolton, following reports of a fire at 6.50pm.
Officers attended and found that fire officers had rescued Husnain from an upstairs room in the address.
Maliha had been rescued from inside the address before the fire service arrived.
The boy suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. He has now been discharged and is making a good recovery.
A joint investigation with GMFRS established that the cause of the fire was not deliberate.
Aslam was this morning interviewed under caution and cautioned for child neglect.
Detective Constable Maggie Lane from Bolton Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: ”This woman made an error of judgement and any action that we have or could have taken will not come close to the amount of guilt and remorse she is feeling.
“Thankfully the children were not badly injured and both have been released from hospital.
“I hope this makes people realise that just leaving children alone for a matter of minutes could have devastating effects.”