Humble hero rescued complete stranger from burning flat

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AN HEROIC man from Fishtoft has been praised for his bravery – after he forced his way into a burning flat to save a stranger.

Jason Sullivan managed to get the man away from his flat in Grimsby and to safety just in time when he raced to save the day after seeing black clouds billowing from the property.

Staff at Humberside Fire and Rescue have since told him the victim of the fire would not have been able to get out of the flat had it not been for him, and may not have survived if it had not been for Jason’s quick-thinking and fast action.

The humble hero, of Pilgrim Gardens, told The Standard: “At the time it just kind of flashed by and I didn’t even think about it. It wasn’t until after that I realised what it actually meant. If I hadn’t gone in there, the gentleman might not be here now.

“It’s most certainly the first time anything like this has ever happened to me.”

Jason, who works as a heating engineer for Aaron Services, was doing a job around the corner from the flat in St Luke’s Court when he spotted smoke flowing from the window of one of the properties.

He raced to the building and managed to get in and work out which flat the smoke was coming from before knocking on the door. When there was no answer he forced his way in and found the flat’s resident slumped in the hallway.

The fire, which took place at the end of June, had been caused by a pan which had set alight on the hob.

Jason has now been put forward for Humberside Fire and Rescue’s Local Hero award for his rescue efforts.

He has been shortlisted for the award and will hear after Christmas whether or not he has been successful.

The brave engineer was also named as employee of the season at work for his heroic actions.

He said: “It’s all quite a shock really. It was just one of those things.

“I’m quite proud now though. I think my wife Kerry is quite proud of me too.”

Jason said he had always been very fire safety conscious because of his job, which he has been doing for about 11 years, adding: “I think we’re quite aware about it at work; we’re always checking smoke alarms. It’s just one of those things.”

However, the fact that he and his wife have just had a baby may meak he becomes extra-vigilant from now on.