MUM SO PROUD OF HERO SON KAI

Teenager saved flats from blaze

Lennox Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Tara Fitzpa­trick

A teen has been praised for rais­ing the alarm af­ter a dangerous blaze threat­ened to take hold of a block of flats. Kai Beck, 16, was home alone when he spot­ted smoke com­ing from a burn­ing bin shed be­side the four storey build­ing in Alexandria.

The quick-think­ing teen calmly rushed to alert neigh­bours, in­clud­ing a fam­ily with a small child, who evac­u­ated safely be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

His mum Mar­garet, 49, said: “I am so proud of him. He was calm and col­lected and his first thought was for his neigh­bours and try­ing to make sure they were safe.” The shed was de­stroyed by the fire.

A teenage boy raised the alarm af­ter a dangerous blaze threat­ened to take hold of a block of flats.

Kai Beck, 16, was home alone when he spot­ted smoke com­ing from a bin shed be­side the four storey David­son Road flats.

The quick-think­ing teen calmly rushed to alert neigh­bours, in­clud­ing a fam­ily with a small child, who were able to evac­u­ate safely be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

His mum Mar­garet, 49, said: “I am so proud of him. He was calm and col­lected and his first thought was for his neigh­bours and try­ing to make sure they were safe. “He’s my hero.” Kai told the Len­nox Her­ald he was get­ting ready for bed at around 11pm on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 29, when he be­came aware that some­thing was not right.

He said: “I was sit­ting in my room when I started to smell smoke.”

“It wasn’t that ap­par­ent to me at first and I thought it was maybe com­ing from the hills but then around half an hour later it got stronger.

“I thought it is quite un­usual as we never have fires in this area.

“It was all foggy out­side my win­dow and I thought it must just be the weather but then I opened by win­dow and I was met with all this smoke ev­ery­where. “I looked down and saw the fire. “I just knew at that mo­ment I had to alert some­one. I ran to my brother as he lives across the land­ing but no one an­swered.

“Then luck­ily a neigh­bour an­swered and they phoned 999.

“I then re­alised I had to tell my other neigh­bour as they have a small in­fant and I thought they would have to get him out.

“About 15 min­utes later the fire brigade ar­rived and treated the fire.”

The build­ing con­tains 12 cel­lars for the 12 flats in the block.

“I think it started with the sec­ond lock-up,” ex­plained Kai, who is pre­par­ing to start a me­dia stud­ies col­lege course.

“No one owns it and it was open but by the time I saw it the fire had al­ready spread and I saw that it was right up at the wall to­wards the main build­ing.

“I’m re­ally glad I raised the alarm be­cause if I hadn’t the whole build­ing could have gone up. Lives could have been lost.”

His mum Mar­garet said: “I was away and I got the call at around 11.45, telling me what had hap­pened. Kai said ‘I don’t want to panic you but the cel­lars are on fire.’

“I was so wor­ried but he was re­ally calm. I could not be more proud of him.

“The neigh­bours have ex­pressed their thanks too. It’s a shame they ever have to hap­pen but things like this bring peo­ple to­gether.”

A spokes­woman for Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue said: “We re­ceived a call at 11.28pm on De­cem­ber 29. At that point we de­ployed two ap­pli­ances. A bin shed was on fire and the blaze was ex­tin­guished.”

The whole build­ing could have gone up. Lives could have been lost.

Sounded alarm Kai got fam­i­lies out of the flats

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Alert Kai spot­ted the burn­ing bin store

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Dam­age But the fire did not spread to the flats

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So proud Mum Mar­garet with Kai

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