Upper Arlington teen being recognized for putting out fire at neighbors house
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
The damage that can be seen on the back deck of a woman's house in Upper Arlington, is a reminder of bravery.
Good Friday was supposed to be a fun day off from school for Joey Boschert.
Boschert never knew she'd be using something that she learned in class, to save her neighbor's house.
The homeowner says there was a bird’s nest on her security light motion sensor that twisted the bulb, the bulb turned on and burned the sensor in the light, causing the whole thing to set on fire.
Boschert says she looked up at her neighbor's house and didn't think twice about what she'd do next.
Boschert says she jumped the fence and ran to her neighbor’s house to see if she was home, the only person inside was the house dog.
The back of the door was on fire and part of the deck was on fire, so I ran back into the house and I grabbed the fire extinguisher that was under a fence," said Joey Boschert who put out a fire at her neighbor’s house.
By the time Boschert got back with the fire extinguisher, the flames were much bigger.
"The entire back of the door was on fire, furniture was pushed against the door and that was on fire also so I had to spray down the whole thing," said Boschert.
Boschert says she called 9-1-1 after she got the fire out. Her parents say they're very proud of their daughter’s heroic actions.
"So many things we face are sad and depressing, so for me it was an honor to meet this young lady that day and to shake her hand because the fact that this doesn't happen very often when you're able to feel very good and positive about an incident like this, she truly saved someone’s house," said Mark Zambito who is the Deputy Chief for the Upper Arlington Division of Fire.
Boschert's neighbor says she is extremely grateful for her neighbor’s heroic actions; she says she bought Boschert a gift card to thank her for being a hero.
The Upper Arlington Division of Fire is in the process of making plans to recognize Boschert for heroic efforts.