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Man Honoured for Flat Fire Rescues

A man who rescued three people from a flat fire in August last year is to receive a Fire Service Commendation for his actions.

"Darren should be very proud of his actions as it is safe to say he saved the lives of these three people and we can only admire that he had the courage and selflessness to do that."

Station Manager, Phil Smith

Darren Shenton, aged 39 from Fenton saw smoke coming from a property as he drove along Duke Street in Heron Cross after picking up his partner from work on August 14th last year.

He pulled up, broke down the door and entered the smoke logged flat where he found three adults asleep. He woke them up and the four of them evacuated the building, just prior to crews from Longton and Hanley arriving.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire, which was started by an unattended chip pan which had ignited. All four adults were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

Station Manager, Phil Smith, who was the officer in charge of the incident said: "We never advise people to go into burning buildings; however we have to praise the actions of this heroic individual. He risked his own life to save three others. With fires it is the smoke that it is often the killer and so these people were extremely lucky to get out when they did.

"We felt it was necessary for us to award Darren for his actions and this Commendation is well-deserved."

The Commendation ceremony will take place on September 9th at Longton Fire Station from 1pm and will involve a short presentation by senior fire officers and members of the Fire and Rescue Authority.

Phil Smith added: "Darren should be very proud of his actions as it is safe to say he saved the lives of these three people and we can only admire that he had the courage and selflessness to do that."