A French woman has been reunited with her mother and her two daughters in a bid to save them from a house fire.

Lauren and her daughters, ages eight and nine, are believed to have been trapped in a house on the outskirts of the French city of Strasbourg when the blaze broke out on Monday.

The fire, which has been burning for days, had destroyed all but two of the houses in the area.

“I didn’t know where we were going,” Lauren told AFP news agency on Tuesday.

“They said the house is under attack, but we didn’t have the courage to leave.”

The family has been staying with friends, while their father, a firefighter, was still fighting the fire.

The sisters have been in a shelter in Strasbourg since Saturday, when the sisters were evacuated from the house and have now been reunited.

Laurent, who works for a local firm, was due to visit his sister on Tuesday, but his flight to the capital Paris was cancelled.

“He’s been in an emotional state,” said his wife, Sabine.

“I’ve never seen him like this.”

Lauren told AFP she hopes to return to her family in France, but her children’s safety remains in question.

“We’re still in an uncertain state, but the only thing we can do is take care of our children,” she said.

“We are still in a state of shock.”