Speedy Stephen saves the day

2018-05-16 06:01
The remains of the kitchen after the fire.PHOTOS: supplied

The remains of the kitchen after the fire.PHOTOS: supplied

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MONTROSE resident, Stephen Higgins came to the rescue after he was first to respond to Leisle Williams urgent plea for help on the Montrose Community Watch group after her kitchen had caught on fire on Saturday. Williams managed to safely evacuate the house with her children.

After Higgins wife alerted him of the problem, he sprung to action and rushed into the house where he extinguished the flames in the kitchen with his fire extinguishers

The kitchen in the house on Davenport Road was left to burn for 12 minutes until Higgins put out the fire.

“As soon as I heard there was a house on fire I knew I had to go help because of a past experience. About a year and a half ago our house had caught on fire and our neighbours helped us,” said Higgins.

Higgins said that when he got to the house he saw that Magma Security was on-site trying to connect a hosepipe to dose the fire but he knew that that would take too long so he rushed inside with his fire extinguishers.

“After the fire I switched all the mains off and moved the pet dog into the back of my bakkie because the house was engulfed with smoke,” said Higgins.

Higgins advised that everyone should have a proper fire extinguisher in their homes because should a fire break out it is better to put it off early rather than have the fire claim multiple items while waiting for help.

“So much was lost in the 12 minutes that the fire was allowed to spread. Had there been a good fire extinguisher there we could have saved much more,” said Higgins.

Megan Nicol, founder of the Montrose Community Watch Group and head of the Community Policing Forum for Townhill, hailed Higgins efforts and said that with the help of the community they could prevent many bad incidents from occurring.

“I hail him as a hero and want to emphasise the power of connecting as a community. I encourage all our residents to get involved and help out just as Stephen did,” said Nicol.

Williams said that the fire started after she left ingredients on the stove to melt because she wanted to bake and went to her room.

Once she got back to the kitchen she saw that the pot and extractor fan was on fire which triggered her to press her panic alarm and send out an SOS on the community group.

“Stephen arrived earliest and was able to put off the fire with his two extinguishers,” said Williams. She confirmed that everyone in the house at the time was safe and unaffected haling Stephen as her hero.


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