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Pez from Channel 4’s Skint has narrow escape from fire with pregnant girlfriend

A couple who say they could have died if they hadn't managed to get out of their house, as it burned down around them, believe the blaze was started deliberately.

Daniel "Pez" Perry and Simmone Proud – who both appeared on Channel 4's Skint programme in 2014 – were together at the house on Gresley Road, Louth, when they realised the fire had started just after 1am on Wednesday, May 18.

Simmone said she initially thought someone was throwing stones at the window and heard a "crackling" noise. When she realised the house was on fire, she alerted her partner.

Simmone, who is pregnant, told Grimsby Live: "We got out just in time. We didn't know because our bedroom is at the front and it all happened at the back. Someone's deliberately done it. We've been out here all night. I thought someone was throwing stones at the window. I heard all this crackling and I said, 'Danny, the house is on fire'. He said, 'Don't be so stupid', and I said 'No, we are on fire'.

"He came down and told me to get out, and we didn't have a front door key either so we had to get out through the back way. As we were going out he pulled me back in and things fell down around us in flames and so we just had to run out. It was so scary."

Daniel said: "I saved my girlfriend's life. The guttering came down and I pulled her back and then I pushed her forward and she ran through the garden and I got hit in the face by something."

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He believes the fire was started deliberately, at a time when he has turned his life around after appearing in the Channel 4 documentary in 2014.

The programme focused on the darker side of Grimsby and it was widely criticised at the time for not reflecting a true picture of the town.

Grimsby MP Melanie Onn, said the programme had not done any good for the image of her constituency

Daniel said: "I was getting ridiculed in Grimsby and I went to prison on that Skint programme and it made me turn my life around. I got out of prison homeless and ended up going on the streets in Lincoln. Then I got a phone call that got me housing and I've turned my life around. But when people do things like this, it's not right. It's not fair.

"I've got scratches on my face from me trying to get out of the fire, I was nearly trapped in it. They've left us outside all night and all day and I've just gone in there and grabbed as much stuff as I could. And in the process of all this, I've lost my pet. I've had to get rid of my dog and my mate can only look after him until Friday. [Me and Simmone] have got no-one else but each other."

The fire caused severe damage to three properties in Louth and was reported to police just after 12.30am on May 18 and officers attended to provide support on scene.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: "The cause of the fire is unknown, and is currently being established by fire investigators from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. While we are keeping an open mind about the circumstances, we are working with the fire investigators in an attempt to establish the cause".

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