Fast-thinking trio do the right thing
Quick thinking by three Tokoroa primary school children could have saved a man from serious injury.
Daishan Carpenter, 10, Eruera Rangi, 11, and Nathan Seal, 9, saw smoke billowing out of a Kauri St flat.
The trio went outside to play during the YMCA holiday programme and saw smoke coming from the property.
‘‘I walked outside and I could smell black smoke,’’ Daishan said.
The boys immediately went to tell an adult who called the fire brigade.
Eruera said they thought of the occupant’s welfare first. ‘‘We thought he might get hurt.’’ Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Dave Morris praised the boys’ actions.
‘‘Especially for their age, they are more sensible than some adults.’’
The house was aired out while St John ambulance checked on the resident.
Morris said it could have been worse if emergency services were not called.
‘‘If anyone is in the house they can have serious smoke inhalation or if it was a fire it could have been fatal.’’
The smoke was caused by unattended cooking on the stove, he said.
The victim,who did not wish to be named, said the children did the right thing.
Tokoroa YMCA services manager children’s
Carmel Middlebrook said there is one fire drill per term and one at the start of each holiday programme.
‘‘They knew what to do which is good, I was so proud of them. It wasn’t until afterwards that we thought about what could have happened.’’
Firewise: Eruera Rangi, 11, left, Daishan Carpenter, 10, and Nathan Seal, 9, saw the smoke at the Kauri St flats and were quick to alert adults