JCB driver hailed hero of fire

Published: March 24, 2008 | 6948th good news item since 2003

A JCB driver has been hailed as a hero after helping to put out a barn fire.

Phil Gentleman was working on improvements to the high street in Wealdstone when he got a call from firefighters tackling a blaze in Harrow Weald (UK).

A barn adjacent to Grim’s Dyke Hotel, in Old Redding, had caught on fire at around 6.30pm on Sunday, March 9.

Phil was called at 9am on Tuesday to use his JCB to move bales of hay, still smouldering from the blaze.

He said: “This is one of the more unusual jobs I’ve had.

“The fire brigade thanked me afterwards, but I was happy to help.”

Phil helped moved the bales of hay for more than six hours, as firefighters tackled the blaze.

He was praised by Councillor Susan Hall for his actions. She said: “This was certainly beyond the call of normal duty.

“We’d like to thank Phil for helping out so energetically.”

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