Seaham soldier tackled huge blaze

Corporal Daniel Scott
Corporal Daniel Scott
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SEAHAM soldier Daniel Scott is to receive a Royal honour for single-handedly putting out a huge blaze at an army base in Afghanistan as explosives blew up around him.

The 31-year-old will get the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery after he used a tractor to put out a fire that was sweeping through a patrol base as it detonated ammunition and rocket propelled grenades.

Corp Scott, of Five Armoured Engineer Squadron, part of 22 Engineer Regiment, was near the base when its Danish commander called for help after the fire broken out in the Afghan National Army (ANA) camp there.

Showing little regard for his own safety, he drove to the compound in his armoured tractor along the fastest route - one often targeted by deadly improvised explosive devices (IED).

It soon became clear the camp’s ammunition and fuel storage areas were at risk, so Corp Scott used his tractor to break through a separating wall and assess the danger.

He then drove back outside the patrol base, gathered earth, returned to the seat of the flames and began extinguishing the fire.

Corp Scott, of Seaham, who joined the Army in 1997, said: “I just kept filling the bucket of the tractor with material and kind of steamed straight in without thinking about it.”

Corp Scott, whose parents Malcolm and Elizabeth still live in Seaham, said he was delighted with the honour.

He added: “My parents were only just back holiday in the early hours but I woke them up and told them what had happened and they were both pleased, over the moon for me, and the same for my gran and granddad and Luisa my girlfriend who is proud of me.”