Essen (dpa / lnw) - Three people were seriously injured in a fire in Essen - including a six-year-old child.

The fire brigade announced on Sunday that there was a deflagration in an apartment in an apartment building.

A neighbor of the family living there heard the bang and immediately came to help.

He dumped a bucket of water on the father of the family, whose clothes had caught fire, helped the family outside and then put out the fire in the apartment.

The 43-year-old father was seriously injured and, according to the police, was in mortal danger.

The 42-year-old mother and her six-year-old child were also taken to hospital, seriously injured.

Two other eleven and seven year old children of the couple were unharmed.

They were handed over to youth welfare.

The family dog ​​was also saved unharmed by the fire brigade.

The fire department is uninhabitable according to the fire department.

The other residents were able to return home after the end of the mission.

According to the police, the amount of damage and the exact cause of the fire were initially unclear.

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Press release from the fire brigade