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Nick called to collect parcel and ended up saving house from a blaze; DELIVERY MAN TURNED FIREFIGHTER Grateful owner says thank you.

Byline: SARA THOMAS

A QUICK-THINKING delivery driver saved a cottage from being destroyed by fire.

Nick Thomas, of Beaumaris, had been carrying out a routine early afternoon shift. But when he arrived to pick up a parcel from a cottage in Bryngwran on Anglesey, he was greeted by screeching fire alarms and smoke-clouded windows.

The 41-year-old, who works for Delivery Solutions (Delsol) phoned the firm's Caernarfon office for the house owner's contact details. He then alerted neighbours who got into the property with a spare key to find a log burner roaring away with open doors.

Together they controlled the fire and quickly opened every window to clear the black billowing smoke.

House owner and businessman Paul Mattock said Mr Thomas' quick thinking in spotting the fire last month averted a potential disaster. However, the modest delivery man said it was "all in a day's work".

"We are so relieved it has all ended happily," said Mr Mattock. "We had to leave the windows open for days to get rid of the smoke residue. But thankfully there has been no lasting damage.

"Worst case scenario, one of the logs could have rolled out of the burner which had its door open. That would have sent the whole cottage up in flames. It had been a terribly cold day and my partner and I had prepared the fire and left the door ajar, so it was ready to light when we came back from lunch.

"There must have been a tiny ember still glowing from the night before which reignited the whole fire when we were out."

The couple, who run commercial photography business PM Photography, had been enjoying a peaceful lunch at Blue Sky Cafe in Bangor when they received Mr Thomas' call.

Adding to their woes they were forced to make a slow return to save their smoky home after picking up a puncture during the outing.

Mr Thomas has worked for Delsol for almost five years. The firm is run by co directors Tony Parry, who grew up in Beaumaris, and Simon Walker from Tregarth, near Bangor.

He said drivers do come across unusual situations from time to time carrying out the pallet and parcel delivery services.

"We get around and see a lot. So there are always stories of unusual events floating around. This started off as a normal routine day. But you're never entirely sure what's in store. We always try and go the extra mile for our customers and I guess sometimes it even involves saving their houses from burning down. It's all in a day's work."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Mar 26, 2013
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