Teen rescues man from house fire in Little Hulton

This Is Lancashire: Teen rescues man from burning house in Little Hulton Teen rescues man from burning house in Little Hulton

A QUICK-thinking teenager has been hailed a hero after rescuing a man from a house fire.

As smoke poured out of the bungalow in Eastham Way, Little Hulton, and concerned neighbours looked on, the youngster, who was aged about 16, went into the home “without hesitation” after asking if there was someone inside.

Inside the smoke-filled home, he found a 52-year-old man asleep on the sofa and carried him out of the house to safety.

Neighbours said they do not know the identity of the young rescuer.

Ann Hensley, aged 63, said: “I heard his smoke alarm go off and I went outside to have a look through his front window, but I couldn’t see anything.

“My next door neighbour tried to get in his house through the front door and loads of smoke just came out.

“Just as I was ringing the fire brigade, a young lad passing by said ‘is there someone in there?’ and before I knew it he was straight in there getting him out.

“I’m very thankful it wasn’t worse.”

Ricky Jenkinson, aged 59, said: “I heard the alarm and saw the smoke pouring out. I tried to get in but I couldn’t.

“This young lad walking past just went in, no hesitation, and rescued the man from his house.

“Things like this make you realise that there is some good in these young people. He was a fantastic lad and if it hadn’t been for him, this man could have died. He’s a hero.”

The fire started after food was left under a grill at the bungalow at about 10.40pm on Sunday.

The man was taken to hospital following the incident.

Watch manager Simon Wood, from Farnworth fire station, said: “When we got to the bungalow a 52-year-old man was outside and it soon became apparent that this was thanks to a 16-year-old lad who had spotted the smoke when walking home.

“We can’t thank him enough for his quick and brave actions.”

Cllr David Acton, chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “The young man who saved the occupant from the fire should be very proud of what he has done.

"Although we don’t advise that people should go into burning buildings, it could be that if the teenager didn’t go to help then things could have been much worse.

“This is just one of many cooking related fires that we have each week and shows just how easy they can start.

“Also, working smoke alarms can buy you valuable time if you have a fire at home.”

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1:04am Tue 1 Jul 14

crazyoldme says...

Good deed from a heroic teenager. Was the right person walking past at the right place at the right time. Well done whoever you are.
Good deed from a heroic teenager. Was the right person walking past at the right place at the right time. Well done whoever you are. crazyoldme
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12:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

MrBenggo says...

Very well done to the teenager,isn't it good to read of such an act of bravery ,and makes a refreshing change from the usual reporting of crime.
Why not let us know who he is?
Very well done to the teenager,isn't it good to read of such an act of bravery ,and makes a refreshing change from the usual reporting of crime. Why not let us know who he is? MrBenggo
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12:12pm Tue 1 Jul 14

jake83 says...

Well done lad, took balls to do that I don`t know you but I`m proud of you
Well done lad, took balls to do that I don`t know you but I`m proud of you jake83
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1:45am Wed 2 Jul 14

shimster32 says...

Thats 2 i have i have read about this week where hero's have entered burning building s to rescue ppl. I am so glad i have ppl like this in my community. Note to all you NIMBYS there are good ppl in Little Hulton and this proves it.
Thats 2 i have i have read about this week where hero's have entered burning building s to rescue ppl. I am so glad i have ppl like this in my community. Note to all you NIMBYS there are good ppl in Little Hulton and this proves it. shimster32
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