Schoolboy is praised for raising the alarm after bungalow fire

Schoolboy is praised for raising the alarm after bungalow fire

Schoolboy is praised for raising the alarm after bungalow fire

First published in News

A boy has been praised for raising the alarm when he spotted a bungalow on fire.

Firefighters received a call after Luke Quinn, 12, spotted smoke in Kingsbury Close, Marks Tey on his way home from school.

Luke had watched a fire safety presentation at Honywood Community Science School in Coggeshall earlier the same day.

His mum, Kay Quinn, 46, of Proctor Way, said: “I’m immensely proud of him.

“They had just done a course and it just highlighted the dangers of fire to him.

“He had just got off the school bus and he heard the smoke alarm going off.

“It was just around the corner from where we live and he came straight home to tell me.’”

Two crews from Colchester fire station attended the scene on Monday at 4pm and extinguished the blaze in 20 minutes.

No-one was in the bungalow.

* Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s schools team delivers safety lessons to 20,000 children a year.
Luke watched a Year 7 presentation called Heat of the Moment - designed to reduce the incidence of hoax calls and arson.
It also runs a programme for Year 3 pupils.
The presentations are free and can be booked by calling 01376 576000 or visiting essex-fire.gov.uk to arrange a booking.
 

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5:59pm Fri 11 Jul 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Strange how some stories can unlock hitherto completely forgotten memories from the dark and distant past.

Many years ago – certainly more than I care to think about - when I was about the same age as young Luke – although probably nowhere near as mature or grown up - I recall being in Bunyan Road, Braintree, one dark winter evening.

Lo and behold, there was a bungalow with smoke and flames roaring out of a chimney. Sensing instant heroic accolade I sprang into action and banged on the front door to raise the alarm.

A right miserable old codger (who very likely was considerably younger than I am now ha ha) appeared but refused to believe me; and despite my protestations steadfastly refused to step out into the front garden to gaze upwards at his chimney. Furthermore the dire threats of what he would do if I didn’t ‘b****r off’ and stop telling wicked lies on his doorstep convinced me to take his advice toot sweet.

I never did get my picture in the paper (not for that anyway). Funny old world!
Strange how some stories can unlock hitherto completely forgotten memories from the dark and distant past. Many years ago – certainly more than I care to think about - when I was about the same age as young Luke – although probably nowhere near as mature or grown up - I recall being in Bunyan Road, Braintree, one dark winter evening. Lo and behold, there was a bungalow with smoke and flames roaring out of a chimney. Sensing instant heroic accolade I sprang into action and banged on the front door to raise the alarm. A right miserable old codger (who very likely was considerably younger than I am now ha ha) appeared but refused to believe me; and despite my protestations steadfastly refused to step out into the front garden to gaze upwards at his chimney. Furthermore the dire threats of what he would do if I didn’t ‘b****r off’ and stop telling wicked lies on his doorstep convinced me to take his advice toot sweet. I never did get my picture in the paper (not for that anyway). Funny old world! OMPITA [Intl]
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