Brave Tracy recognised for her selfless actions

Tracy Norris, who helped put out a fire in Gains Road, Southsea
Tracy Norris, who helped put out a fire in Gains Road, Southsea

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BRAVE Tracy Norris helped to put out a fire after arsonists struck in her road.

And it’s thanks to her heroic actions in Gains Road, Southsea, that she’s been named the winner of the We Can Do It Best Street category.

As previously reported, the mum-of-four and her son’s friend Chris Goshawk swung into action and worked as a team to put out the fire as it raged in the doorway of a property.

The drama started as 22-year-old Chris, who is based in the RAF in Norfolk but was visiting friends, was walking down Gains Road and saw the flames. He then alerted Tracy to the blaze. Speaking after it happened, the 48-year-old said: ‘He shouted at me: “Get water – across the road is on fire”.

‘I have a tap in the garden that flows really quickly. I took the bin liner out of the kitchen bin because that’s the biggest container I could find. Then I ran into the garden and filled it up with water. Chris picked it up and ran outside, he’s a big, strong lad.

‘He put the fire out while I was in the garden filling anything I could up with water.’

Meanwhile, a group of residents nicknamed the Lockswood Super Six were the runners-up of the category which meant they got a certificate. They were rewarded for taking over the running of Lockswood Community Centre, in Locks Heath, after saving it from closure. It was previously run by Fareham Borough Council, but because losses were being made, it had to consider its options.

Geoff Eales, one of the centre’s trustees, said: ‘We were pleasantly surprised to pick up this award.

‘It’s testament to the hard work we’ve put in. We hope to break even by the end of the financial year.’