Quick work saves sister


Ten-year-old Oamaru boy Aljay Rankin is being praised for his clear thinking and quick action in saving his sister and home from a potentially disastrous fire.

On June 13, Aljay was in the shower when his 16-year-old sister, Alex, was cooking tea.

The element she was cooking chips on caught fire after some oil was spilt on it accidently.

“[Alex] came in and said `what do we do if the element is on fire?’ and I said `wet tea towel’,” Aljay said.

Instead of taking the potentially disastrous action of dousing the element with water, the Oamaru North School pupil knew to use a wet towel after a fire safety demonstration he saw at Oamaru on Fire last month.


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