A QUICK-THINKING boy has been hailed a "little hero" after he warned his mum about a bedroom fire.
Brave Charlie Currie, who is eight and attends St Mary Magdalen's Primary School in Accrington, was woken up by the smell of smoke after a pile of clothes caught fire in his bedroom.
He darted into his mum Lisa's bedroom at the house in Dent Dale, off Wensley Drive, in Accrington, at around midnight last Thursday. She managed to contact the Fire Brigade and get out of the house safely.
The Observer told last week how fire crews were stretched to the limit on the night of the blaze after a hoax caller reported a fire at the Bridge Inn, in Church Street.
Fire engines were sent to both incidents and a support unit from Great Harwood was also called out to back up crews going to tackle the bedroom fire.
Speaking of her relief, Mrs Currie said this week: "It is lucky Charlie woke up when he did or else it could have been worse. He is my little hero."
"The room was full of smoke, but he managed to come and get me and then we got out okay. I sent him to his friend's house across the road while I phoned the Fire Brigade."
"They were here within a few minutes and then the other engine arrived."
Blasting the hoax callers in light of the Padiham house blaze which claimed the lives of three girls, she added: "It lets people down when they do things like that. It is shocking to think they would do something like that, especially when those girls died in Padiham. It is awful."
Charlie received oxygen from fire crews and spent the following day off school recovering.
Leading firefighter Chris Fogarty, from Hyndburn Fire Station, said: "It was lucky he woke up or it could have been much worse. We want to stress how dangerous it is to make false calls as they prevent us from getting to the real fires as quickly as possible."