Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Youngster Raises Fire Alert

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Youngster Raises Fire Alert

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Byline: LAURA McKEE Community

WHEN 11-year-old Eli Lee saw a fire down the road from his house, he ran home to get buckets from his garage.

The Calliope State School student was riding his bike around his street in Monterey Way when he smelt smoke and found a grassfire in the gully.

"I was like 'uh-oh'. I ran home and told Dad and got buckets," he said.

"Mum filled them up with water from the lake and I put it out."

Eli's mother Julie, his sister Mikaela and his father and Rural Fire Brigade volunteer Derrick joined members of the public and neighbours, getting the job done before the fire brigade arrived.

Although it was a slow-moving fire, Mrs Lee said her son's sense of urgency had been vital to the successful result.

"He was back home in a flash, bashing on the door yelling 'Dad there's a fire!'," she said.

"He knows what fires can do - with his dad being a firie."

Monterey Way resident Kellie Murphy said it all happened so quickly. …

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