Brave Bolton man saves neighbours

A MAN from Bolton has been recognised by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) for his brave actions after saving his next-door neighbours from a house fire.

Jamie Jackson (38) from Astley Bridge, heard a smoke alarm sounding from inside his neighbours’ home in Athlone Avenue shortly before 7pm on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

Fire engines and firefighters from Bolton North, Bolton Central, and Farnworth community fire stations were quickly sent by North West Fire Control to the semi-detached house thanks to Jamie immediately calling 999.

Jamie smashed through the back door allowing him to enter the house and lead his neighbours – an 82-year-old woman and a man in his 50s – from the kitchen and outside to safety.

Firefighters quickly arrived at the semi-detached house where they were confronted with a fire in the kitchen. The crew tackled the blaze wearing breathing apparatus using a hose reel.

The kitchen fire is believed to have started by a chip pan and was contained to the kitchen.

Jamie was presented with a certificate at Bolton North Community Fire Station on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, by GMFRS’ Chief Fire Officer, Dave Russel.

CFO Dave Russel presents Jamie Jackson with commendation (Jamie is holding framed certificate)

GMFRS Chief Fire Officer Dave Russel said: “On behalf of GMFRS I want to thank Jamie for his swift and brave actions, which undoubtedly saved the lives of his neighbours on the evening of December 22, 2019. You should be immensely proud for what you did and I’m sure your neighbours, their family and friends are extremely grateful.”

On receiving his award, Jamie said: “I feel proud to be recognised by GMFRS for rescuing my neighbours. On the night of the fire when I heard the smoke alarm, it was my natural instinct to want to help them though I surprised myself a bit. You never really know what you are capable of until you’re in a situation like I was, and I’m glad there was a happy ending.”

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12/07/2022 12:19 PM