teenager praised after helping holidaymakers free from fire
brave teenager who helped holidaymakers out of a burning building
at Pontins in Brean earlier this year has received an award for
Whitworth, 15, kept a cool head when a fire
broke out at 2.14am on January 2nd while he was staying on
a break at the holiday park.
He went round the building, waking people from their chalets
to get them out, and also helped a couple by holding their child
while they went back for their baby.
The youngster from Chard has been awarded a Highly Commended
certificate at this month's Pride of Somerset Youth Awards.
nomination says: "He gathered his family to safety, and even
once they were safe, he kept people strong by making cups of tea,
cuddling the youngsters and making sure everyone was warm.
"This young lad stayed so calm and we are so very proud
the blaze, which Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
here, four casualties were taken to hospital suffering from
the effects of smoke inhalation and a further casualty was treated
for smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics.
The cause of the fire was investigated and was found to be accidental
due to items left on the cooker.
Pictured: The damaged chalets building at Brean Pontins earlier
this year after the fire (above)