thanked them in full hearing of all the neighbours who had gathered to watch the blaze.
“The actions that you young men took today, I want to take the opportunity on the behalf of our fire department, to compliment you for the tremendous work that you did in assisting these residents in getting stuff from their houses. You had garden hoses; you helped out; I saw some of you assisting the fire department in holding those hoses and all of that action led to the final outcome we had today,” he stressed.
“If you did not do the part you did, it would probably be worse.”
The youngsters later told the MIDWEEK NATION they just “come out here and tek things out of the house. That’s all”.
Speaking all at the same time, they said they noticed smoke and ran to the area.
“We tek out some of things from in the back while the rest get the hose and spray it ’pon the house and thing. Other people went through the house and we tek out what we could tek out,” said a 16-year-old who had been designated spokesman of the group.
Meanwhile, Christopher Boyce, who lost everything but the shirt on his back, was too distraught to speak in detail, but did manage to say he was in his bedroom when he realised the kitchen was on fire.
His aunt, Laurine Boyce, said she was washing when she heard a strange noise.
At first she thought her son had left one of his machines on, but then she saw flames and screamed for help.