Daring trio rescued disabled man from Wissington home after fire

Chris and Carole Gale who are thanking three lads who ran past a burning van to pull Mr Gale free'COPY PIC ANL-150607-155723009

Chris and Carole Gale who are thanking three lads who ran past a burning van to pull Mr Gale free'COPY PIC ANL-150607-155723009

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The three men who ran past a burning van to rescue a disabled man have been thanked.

John Fletcher, Adam Wright and Ollie Gardener did not give a thought for their safety and dashed past the flames to ensure Christopher Gale was safe.

Chris and Carole Gale who are thanking three lads who ran past a burning van to pull Mr Gale free ANL-150607-155734009

Chris and Carole Gale who are thanking three lads who ran past a burning van to pull Mr Gale free ANL-150607-155734009

Explosions were heard on Friday when the van caught fire outside the Wissington home Mr Gale shares with his wife Carole.

Mr Gale, 65, who was left paralysed after a car accident in 1986, could not leave the house on his own.

The daring trio spotted Mrs Gale, 72, trying to return to her husband and would not let her pass the van.

Instead they ran past the flames rising from the van to dash into the house and help Mr Gale, along with Alfie the Yorkshire Terrier, out of the house.

The three men have now been publicly thanked by Mr Gale and his stepson David Bentley.

Mr Gale said: “I would like to thank them very much.

“Carole has already spoken to two of them but we are hoping to find the other.

“It was a dreadful fire. There were explosions because of the gas bottles in the back of the van. The tyres were burning. It was really horrendous.

“We are really pleased that Alfie was also saved.”

Mr Bentley added: “We feel they should have recognition for what they did.

“They ran straight past the van and into the house and helped my stepfather. It was brilliant.”

Shortly after the van had exploded Mrs Gale had moved their car and while she was trying to return she was stopped by the three men.

The three men ran through the front door and found Mr Gale in the dining room.

After checking he was ok, they helped Mr Gale, who was carrying Alfie on his lap, out of the back door prior to the arrival of the fire brigade.

The couple’s home has been damaged as a result of the blaze.

Their telephone line was burnt while the heat has cracked a double glazed window.

Fascias and guttering have also been damaged by the blaze.

The couple have not yet had an assessment of how much the damage will cost to repair.

They are hoping to claim to repair the damage on the van driver’s insurance policy.

Mrs Gale has been able to thank Mr Fletcher and Mr Wright but the family have been unable to get in touch with Mr Gardener and would like to pass on their thanks.

If you know Mr Gardener contact reporter Victoria Fear on 01553 817320 or email victoria.fear@jpress.co.uk