London – Hatzolah Member Helps In Rescue Of Muslim Toddler From Burning House


    CCTV footage shows the unidentified woman and Hatzolah member Jo Berkovits save Arafat Hassan, who was stranded inside a burning homeLondon – A woman risked her life to enter a blazing building and rescue a two-year-old boy.

    CCTV footage shows the unidentified woman rushing into a blazing house in Tottenham to save Arafat Hassan, who was stranded inside.

    The toddler was fighting for his life today in intensive care after suffering severe burns when the blaze swept through his family’s terrace home in Antill Road yesterday afternoon.

    The courageous woman was helped in the rescue by a paramedic and a chef from a nearby restaurant, who also ran into the blazing building.
    Neighbours said she was driving past the house when she heard Arafat’s pregnant mother screaming for help. The boy’s father, Sadir Hassan, was apparently struggling to get inside, having been beaten back by the flames while helping other
    people to get out of the house.

    According to eyewitnesses, the woman, wearing blue jeans and a green vest top, leapt from her car and ran inside with little thought for her own safety.

    She appeared moments later carrying the child and took him to a restaurant across the street. Josh Berkovits, a paramedic, also helped to get Arafat to safety and gave emergency medical treatment.

    Mr Berkovits, 35, who works with Hatzola, a local ambulance service run by the Jewish community, cut off the boy’s clothes, applied burns gel to his wounds and wrapped him in cling film to stop infection.

    “The boy had burns to about 80 per cent of his body,” said Mr Berkovits. “When we got him to the restaurant he stopped screaming. He had breathed in a lot of smoke so was very quiet.”

    The chef, Javier Fajardo-Toledo, 40, from Ecuador, said: “When the lady got the baby into the restaurant I tried to help but he was burnt very badly. The lady was really brave, she didn’t think twice.”

    Four fire engines and 20 firefighters were called to the blaze, which destroyed the two-storey house. Today, the Hassan family, believed to be from Somalia, said the mystery woman was “amazing” but were too shocked to comment further.

    Neighbour Matthew Miller said: “The little boy was so badly burned, all over his face and arms, but he was totally quiet.

    “What all three people did was amazingly brave, they are heroes. Most people just wouldn’t.

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    12 years ago

    Looks like the baby was actually rescued by the woman wearing jeans and a tank top, then she handed over the baby to the Hatzolah paramedic.

    12 years ago

    kiddush hashem

    12 years ago

    What a amazing kiddush Hashem!!! Thank you hatzola for all the hard work you do, may Hashem be with you at all times and may we never have to use you besides for simchos! Once again, thanks

    12 years ago

    What a kiddush hashem, thanks mr berkovitz!

    12 years ago

    The person in the picture is Mr. Herzka a very chushive hatzalah member in Stamford Hill. (not Jo Berkovitz)

    Anon Ibid Opcit
    Anon Ibid Opcit(@Anon Ibid Opcit)
    12 years ago

    Blessings on Mr. Berkovits for his courage

    Noble Member
    12 years ago

    Its a huge mitzvah and a Kiddush Hashem, but unfortunately, it will change nothing. I’m sure Magen Dovid in Israel has saved countless Muslims’ lives in car accidents and fires and whatnot, but they will still hate us. How many Gentile lives have Jewish doctors saved? How many hospitals have Jews built? And still, they hate us.

    So yasher koach to the brave woman who helped to rescue this Muslim person. May Hashem rescue us from the hands of the Muslim r’shaim in your z’chus.

    12 years ago

    I do hope this is not the same as when Moishe Rabbeinu pulled Dasan and Averum from the bricks in Mitzrayim.

    12 years ago

    This article should be about the woman who risked her life to run into the building – hatzolo was there for afterwards which also helped but the main issue was the running inot the house….

    Reb Yid
    Reb Yid(@reb-yid)
    12 years ago

    The Hatzolah guy did administer first aid to the burns.

    As far as the other issue, Moshe pulled Michah (of “pessel michah” fame) from the bricks. Clearly that did not work out well. And hakadosh boruch hu rescued Yishmael and Hagar in the desert. Also had various results. Nonetheless, if Hatzolah were to pick and choose whom to rescue, that would lead to a very dangerous situation for Jews everywhere.

    12 years ago

    This is not Josh Berkovitz only Dudi Hertzka one of the heads of Hatzola in London