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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 July, 2003, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Paperboy rescues family from fire
Neil Allen
Neil Allen noticed flames coming from the house

A teenage paperboy has rescued a mother and her five young daughters from a house fire in Wolverhampton.

The incident happened on just after 0640 BST on Tuesday in Ruskin Road in the Scotlands area of the city.

Neil Allen, 15, had just come back from his paper round when he noticed flames coming out of his neighbour's house.

He saw the woman and her children leaning out of an upstairs window and ran to get a builder's ladder to help them escape.

'Window fell out'

The teenager said: "I gave the phone to my mum after I finished phoning emergency services and put the ladder up against a lean-to at the back which reached the second window with the kids.

"As the kids were coming out, I was getting them to go down the ladder except for one kid which was too small to go down so I got him down the ladder."

He added: "As we were going down, the window fell out and the gutter gave way."

Kerrigan Bradley, from West Midlands Fire Service, said Neil saved the family's lives: "He had the presence of mind to go and investigate which a lot of people don't do."

He added: "He was quick thinking in as much as he found the ladder, put it up and rescued six people."

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