A nine year-old boy leapt from his bedroom onto his garden trampoline in order to alert neighbours to the fact that his house was ablaze.
The boy was alerted to the danger by the barking of the family dog at approximately 3 o’clock in the morning. When he looked out of his window, he was shocked to see the front door of his house on fire. After he alerted his mother and three siblings, he sprang into action, jumping from his bedroom window onto a trampoline and raced to his neighbour’s house.
The emergency services were alerted and the neighbour was able to put out the fire in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, using dampened sheets. The rest of the the family were able to exit the house and were a safe distance from the smouldering door by the time the three engines arrived on the scene.
It is thought that the blaze started when arsonists poured fuel, possibly petrol, through the letter box and set it alight. The Watch Manager at Dearne Fire Station, Nick Abbott, said: “This could have been a lot worse and caused a fatality. We advise people to lower yourself down rather than leap, but this could have been a lot worse had it not been for his actions. It was a brave thing for the lad to do.”
Doncaster Police confirmed they are investigating the suspected arson; Superintendent Eddie Murphy told local reporters: “We will do everything on our power to bring whoever did this to justice. We could have been launching a murder inquiry if this had caused a fatality. It is a terrible criminal act.”