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Stone teenager praised for his swift action at car park fire

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

Billy Palmer

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A QUICK-THINKING Stone teenager kept onlookers from danger after spotting a fire in a village car park.

Billy Palmer, 15, of Brookside Lane, Walton, used to attend Stone Fire Station’s Student Firefighter group. And he has not forgotton his training, as his calm actions in the heat of the moment proved.

The Alleyne’s Academy student was walking to his grandmother’s house in Oulton after school with a friend last week when he smelt smoke in the bushes in Oulton Abbey’s car park.

He said: “There was a fire in the bushes. It started off the size of a small barbecue, but then it caught a tree and went straight up. There were three trees, bushes, a fence panel and telegraph pole on fire.

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“The smoke could have been toxic and there were six or seven people who came out to look. We told them to stand back and called the fire brigade.

“We made sure nobody was hurt and that they kept away from the fire. The fire brigade was there within five minutes, then we stood back and let them do their job.

The Stone fire crew spent almost an hour at the scene, before leaving the scene at 6.17pm.

Billy’s mother Saffron Palmer said: “We’re really proud of him. He was very modest, he didn’t make a fuss about it, but I think he would be a good firefighter.”

Oulton resident Lol Barnes also praised the pair for their actions. She said: “They deserve some recognition for their efforts, as we hear so much about the bad stuff youngsters do.”

Stone Crew Manager David Vincent said: “I would like to commend the actions of the young man who phoned 999 immediately when he saw the fire. His quick thinking allowed firefighters to arrive promptly and extinguish the blaze which involved trees and an electricity pole.

“His training as a student firefighter within the Service has clearly put him in good stead to act in a cool and calm manner when faced with an emergency situation.”

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