A TEENAGER who rescued her 85-year-old grandmother from a blaze in a flat at a Bridlington sheltered housing complex has been honoured for her bravery.
At 5am Amy Chisholm, 15, was awoken by a fire alarm at Chantry Court where she was staying with her grandmother Margaret Marshall.
The Bridlington schoolgirl went into the corridor to find out what was going on and, having smelt gas and smoke, she returned to her grandmother’s room next to the burning flat.
Amy rang the fire brigade, who gave her advice, but when the firefighters came to break down the door, it jammed and black smoke poured into the room through a hole.
After hearing screaming from further down the corridor, the quick-thinking schoolgirl headed to the window, smashed the frame and broke the latch to open it wide enough for her and her grandmother to escape.
Both were taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.
An investigation revealed that the fire was started deliberately by 63-year-old Marilyn Hind who lived in the neighbouring flat.
In August Hind pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced at Hull Crown Court to be locked up in a secure hospital unit.
Amy, who is still receiving counselling for her traumatic ordeal, has been presented with the Young Person of the Year Award in the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Awards.
“When I got my award I nearly started crying, but I am really glad I got it,” Amy said.
Louise Banks, from the fire service, also received an individual award for service to the community after taking the call from Amy, reassuring her, keeping her calm, and giving them advise to ensure they did not put themselves at further risk.
The awards were presented at a glittering ceremony held at the Country Park Inn, Hessle, which saw a range of accolades handed out to people in recognition of their heroics and professionalism.
Daryl Osprey, head of safety at the brigade, said: “The Community Awards are our way of recognising those members of staff who go the extra mile to make the service the best it can be, the partner agencies and groups who help us to make our community safer and members of the public who carry out exceptional acts of bravery.
“The ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate all those people who help us achieve our goals and everyone who was nominated, shortlisted and, of course, those who won awards should be very proud of their achievements.”