Six-year-old saves parents from blaze

Blake Knight with firefighters Matt Carapiet, Graham Geer, George O'Reilly, Matt Pearce and Dave Sullivan
Blake Knight with firefighters Matt Carapiet, Graham Geer, George O'Reilly, Matt Pearce and Dave Sullivan
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A QUICK-witted schoolboy has been hailed a hero for saving his parents’ lives from a fierce fire.

Blake Knight, who is only six, woke his mum up just after midnight on Friday at their St Leonards flat when he saw smoke.

He knew a fire was taking hold as his eyes were stinging because of the billowing smoke so shouted to alert his parents.

Jo Sillence, Blake’s mum, then jumped out of bed and called the fire brigade.

This week his parents and firefighters who attended the fire at the Stainsby Street flat praised the schoolboy, a pupil at St Paul’s School, for his heroism.

Miss Sillence said: “I am really proud of him for his quick-wittedness. He is our saviour and we intend to treat him to something special.

“Blake already has been offered a tour of the fire station in two weeks time, which he is very much looking forward to.”

Blake said he was ‘very proud’ of his act of bravery, putting what he learned at school about the dangers of fire to use, and has since told all of his friends.

The fire started after a chip pan was left on the hob. Blake’s dad Philip had accidentally fallen asleep on the sofa in the lounge after leaving the pan.

Blake’s 25-year-old mum said: “It was pretty scary for the three of us. There was thick smoke everywhere and I got Blake into our bedroom to keep him safe from the fire.

“He got a bit scared of climbing down the ladder, attempting it twice, and chose to stay with me to make sure I was okay.

“Philip was asleep downstairs and I shouted for him to walk up but he didn’t until the firefighters came into the front room.”

Mr Knight’s pet tortoise, Rock Hard, escaped unscathed.

The kitchen has been completely destroyed, as well as the bedroom and most of Blake’s toys. The family has been rehoused in a B&B hotel in nearby Pevensey Road and may have to move elsewhere in town.

Graham Geer, crew manager at Bohemia Road Fire Station, said: “Blake was definitely the hero of the moment for noticing the fire.

“There is no doubt in our minds that he genuinely saved his parents’ lives. He did the right thing, did not panic and deserves praise.”

RIGHT: Blake Knight with firefighters Matt Carapiet, Graham Geer, George O’Reilly, Matt Pearce and Dave Sullivan