LOGAN — In the early months of 2015, the Henlawson Fire Department responded to a fire in the Mill Creek area of Logan County they would reportedly have trouble forgetting.
It was not, however, the speed or voracity of the fire which struck Henlawson’s firefighters: the quick thinking and situational awareness of then nine-year-old Salinah Rose Daniels would be a topic of discussion in the firehouse for months to come.
Assistant fire chief at the Henalwson Fire Department, Tim Granger, explained Daniels noticed something was off about the family’s wood burning stove.
Granger added it was Daniels’ astute situational awareness that warned her family fire was spreading in the walls around the stove’s apparently creosote-clogged exhaust.
Once firefighters arrived on the scene, the blaze was reporteldy extinguished quickly and the home was spared extensive damages.
The Henlawson Fire Department recently presented Daniels a certificate making her an honorary firefighter for the Henlawson Fire Department.
“Salinah acted with bravery and heroism by alerting her family that their residence was on fire. Salinah’s actions saved her family and their home. So, with that being said, Chief Harold Ward presented Salinah with a certificate naming her an honorary firefighter for Henlawson,” noted Granger.
Granger added many families in the area could learn a lesson from Daniels and her family. Granger reported the family goes over their fire escape route and other fire safety lessons regularly.
“Like Salinah, your children are your most precious gifts, and this Christmas season is a wonderful time to keep them safe,” added Granger.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]