Blaze Bear helps Ruby, 4, sleep soundly at night

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2016

Ruby with watch manager Gareth Sydenham.

Ruby with watch manager Gareth Sydenham.

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A cuddly toy firefighter known as Blaze Bear came to the rescue of a girl having nightmares after a fire near her flat – and now she helps to keep the rest of her family safe.

Four-year-old Ruby Stewart was carried past the smoke to safety when a fire started in the entrance at Kendall House in Mead View Road, Honiton, on the night of January 26. Ruby suffered nightmares for several days after the fire, but after a visit from local firefighters, and being presented with Blaze Bear, Ruby is now able to sleep at night.

She reminds her parents to check their smoke alarms every Tuesday and was rewarded with a certificate and visit to the fire station for her bravery.

Ruby’s mum, Carla, said: “A neighbour alerted us to the fire on the ground floor and the fire service advised us to leave if it was safe to do so. We safely got past the smoke, but it was scary.

“After the fire, Ruby was having nightmares, but after she had Blaze Bear, she would wake up, check he was looking after her, and go back to sleep. Now she is sleeping through the night.”

Carla had previously accepted the offer of a home fire safety check from the fire service and now knows at first-hand the importance of having working smoke alarms.

She said: “Having those smoke alarms gives us peace of mind that we would have an early warning of fire and knowing that they work certainly helps Ruby sleep at night.”

Group manager Marc House, community safety manager for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, added: “It is important to make children aware of the dangers of fire and encouraging them to help check smoke alarms is a good way of doing that.

“We would encourage people to call us if they have any concerns, as we would be happy to help.”


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