Brave Astley Bridge teenagers rescue 91-year-old woman from house fire
BLAZE BUSTERS James Bracegirdle and Andy Rothwell congratulate Matthew Reilly, Grant Walker and Ashley Glenn, all aged 16, and front, from left, Lauren Jones, aged 16, Marisa Barton and Beth Edge, both aged 15
MEET the Astley Bridge Angels.
These brave teenagers rescued a 91-year-old woman from her burning house.
They sprang into action after seeing smoke coming from a house in Blackburn Road on Tuesday night.
The great-grandmother, who does not want to be named, thanked the young people and the firefighters who came to her rescue.
She said: “I want to say thank you to them with all my heart. It was a frightening situation to be in and these young people just appeared — they are the Astley Bridge Angels.”
The blaze broke out about 8pm after a pan had been left on the cooker and the mother-of-six had dozed off in front of the television.
Ashley Glenn, aged 16, who is at Turton School sixth form, said: “We looked through the letter box and smoke was coming from it. We banged on the door to get her attention. She went round to the back and we went inside, got her out and threw the pan outside.”
The teenagers called the fire service and tried to open the windows to get rid of the smoke, which was building up inside.
Ashley added: “We just acted on instinct. Anything could have happened. We saved a life.”
The grateful pensioner, a former Wren, said: “They are just wonderful. Their families must be so proud.
“They stayed with me until the fire service arrived and my neighbours also came out.
“The medical teams, the fire service, the young people and neighbours were wonderful.”
Firefighters fitted smoke alarms to the 91-year-old’s home.
Firefighter James Brace-girdle said: “We will be recommending the young people for a bravery award.
“They are fantastic.”
The house was smoke damaged and the cooker and the electrics in the kitchen also suffered damage in the blaze.
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