Two Hay River teens are credited by the RCMP for putting out a house fire on Porrit Place on Saturday.
Scott Heron, 18 and Brendan Look, 17, were walking walking by the two-storey house at around 9 p.m. when they saw the flame, coming from the stove in the window.
“I saw the flickering light, at first, I thought it was a lamp,” Look said.
After banging on the door numerous times, they suspected no one was home.
“I kicked the door … but it wasn’t opening, except for on the bottom, so I elbowed the glass and reached in and unlocked the door,” Heron said.
The sole resident of the house was asleep on the couch in the next room, and, according to the teens, was not waking up.
The flame was about a foot tall, according to the RCMP, and the boys were able to put it out in about 10 minutes.
Heron was able to put the fire out using bowls of water.
The neighbour, Chris Sangster, called both the RCMP and Hay River Fire Department before dragging the sleeping resident out of the smoke-filled house.
“We were just lying down, I didn’t know anything was going on until I heard the fire alarm,” Sangster said.
The fire was completely under control before the RCMP and Hay River Fire Department arrived at the scene and the RCMP released a statement saying the “actions taken by the young men was commendable.
“These things go from small to big in a hurry,” Sgt. Scott Buchanan of the RCMP said. “Had it not been for these young fellows, it would have been much worse.”
Buchanan went on to say that the actions of the young men may have saved a life.
No foul play is suspected in the incident and no additional police action is being taken.