Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Quick-Thinking Jake Saves His Young Brother in Fire Drama; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Quick-Thinking Jake Saves His Young Brother in Fire Drama; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: By MIKE BLACKBURN

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy has been hailed a hero for saving his young brother's life when his clothes went up in flames.

Without a moment's hesitation, Jake Cooper sprinted across the street and ripped the burning clothes off seven-year-old Reecestamping out the fire.

The youngster had been playing with some older children near his Billingham home when one began setting paper alight using an accelerant.

Police believe a piece of burning material accidentally landed on Reece, instantly setting his clothing ablaze.

The youngster, who suffered burns all down his back and legs, was rushed to hospital and needed weeks of treatment.

Jake himself has been seriously traumatised by the horrific experience, which happened at the end of August.

But his parents say without Jake's swift reactions the consequences could have been unthinkable.

PC Jodi Prosser, who attended the incident, agreed and has nominated Jake for an Evening Gazette Community Champions award in the Outstanding Act of Bravery category.

"At a very young age Jake's quick thinking saved his brother's life," she said.

Their mum Leeanne said the first she knew something had happened was when Reece "came screaming through the front door" literally still smoking from the fire.

"It was such a big shock to us all," said the 28-year-old mum-of-five.

"His tracksuit bottoms, his top, his trainers had all been burned, and his hair was singed at the front and back.

"We had to take Reece back to the hospital for three or four weeks to get his dressings regularly changed.

"He was waking up in the night screaming the house down for three or four days after it happened.

"Reece has settled down a bit now and is coming on loads, although his skin is still a bit tender.

"But Jake is the one who is still suffering. He feels disappointed in himself and thinks he could have done more. He's very angry about it. …

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