QUICK THINKING: Yamba holidaymaker Roger Lawson was praised for acting quickly to put out a fire in the apartment next door.Yamba Fire Captain Dave Woods said Mr Lawson’s bravery had prevented the fire from spreading and causing major damage to the building.READ THE FULL STORY ON PAGE 5.
QUICK THINKING: Yamba holidaymaker Roger Lawson was praised for acting quickly to put out a fire in the apartment next door.Yamba Fire Captain Dave Woods said Mr Lawson’s bravery had prevented the fire from spreading and causing major damage to the building.READ THE FULL STORY ON PAGE 5.

It’s time for a holiday, not for fighting fires

HOLIDAY maker Roger Lawson and his young family are unlikely to forget their first impressions of Yamba.

They arrived on Tuesday afternoon from Brisbane to stay at The Sands Resort near Pippi Beach.

At 10am next day Mr Lawson was putting out a fire in the holiday unit next door - earning him high praise from fire-fighters as well as the owners of the building.

Yamba Fire Captain Dave Woods said if not for Mr Lawson's bravery and quick actions, the situation could have been much worse.

"He really did a good job. A lot of people wouldn't know what to do in that situation," Mr Woods said.

"As a result, the fire was contained to the kitchen and extinguished before we arrived and prior to doing any major damage."

He said the fire appeared to have started on the stove top while the occupants were out.

Mr Lawson said the basic fire training he had received many years ago had probably helped, "I heard the smoke alarm in the unit next door. I knocked at the door and there didn't seem to be anyone home," he said.

"At reception I found the cleaner who gave me a key; I checked and there was no smoke under the door so I took the fire extinguisher from the stairwell outside - it took three to four goes to put it out."

Hoping for a little less drama for the rest of his stay, Mr Lawson said he and his family are looking forward to spending time at the beach, eating out, and trying their luck at fishing.

The Sands manager and co-owner Janette Wright said Mr Lawson's actions had "probably saved the whole block."

The apartment will be repaired and ready in time for the Easter long weekend.



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