Praise for wardens who save woman, 92, from blaze

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Two street wardens who saved an elderly woman from a kitchen fire have been praised for their actions.

Tracey Robson and Derek Nellist were on patrol on 10 October when they heard the fire alarm at Oakwood Court, Marton.

They saw smoke coming from the flat of Dorothy Johnson and led the 92-year-old to safety.

Middlesbrough Councillor Julia Rostron said the pair acted with "professionalism and bravery".

The fire was caused by a coffee pot which had caught fire on the oven hob.

'Lot worse'

Ms Robson and Mr Nellist immediately entered the flat where they saw a disorientated Mrs Johnson struggling to see through the thick smoke.

They switched off the oven, led her to safety and called the fire brigade.

Shirley Richards, scheme manager at Oakwood Court, which is run by the Anchor Trust, said: "In my opinion their courageous and speedy actions prevented a tragedy and I would like to thank Tracey and Derek on behalf of all the tenants who live at Oakwood Court.

"If they had not acted the way they did it could have been a lot worse."

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