Quick-think­ing fam­ily help pre­vent park fire spread­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Elwick Place Development -

An Ash­ford fam­ily sprang into ac­tion when they saw a fire start in park wood­land.

Matt Lacey, his wife, Kath­leen, and son, Joey, seven, were out mag­net fish­ing in the stream that runs through Ash­ford’s Vic­to­ria Park when they smelt smoke and heard crack­ling sounds.

When they went to in­ves­ti­gate, they dis­cov­ered a sec­tion of grass in a wooded area near the stream was on fire.

So af­ter call­ing Kent Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice, Matt, from Sin­gle­ton, emp­tied a holdall bag he was car­ry­ing and went to the stream to fill it with wa­ter to douse the fire.

He did this re­peat­edly un­til fire­fight­ers from Ash­ford ar­rived to take over.

Mr Lacey said: “It seems likely that a group of kids muck­ing about in the area may have started it.

“We man­aged to pretty well put it out be­fore the fire crew ar­rived.

“I emp­tied my holdall type bag, and used it as a car­rier to bring wa­ter from the stream to pour on the fire.”

Fire­men at the scene of the fire in Vic­to­ria Park

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