Milkman hero put out fire using 320 pints of milk

A milkman in Cornwall has saved a row of shops by dousing a fire with 320 pints of milk.

A milkman in Cornwall has saved a row of shops by dousing a fire with 320 pints of milk.

Steve Leech was named Milkman Hero of the Millennium by the National Dairymen's Association for tackling the blaze at the gift shop.

He says he dialled 999 before entering the shop but adds he'd got the fire under control by the time firefighters arrived.

He said he then went on to finish his round in Redruth with the leftover milk.

Mr Leech, 35, said: "There was smoke everywhere. I opened the tops of the cartons and shook the milk over the fire.

"I must have been there ten minutes and by the time the firemen arrived the worst of the flames were out."

Firefighters say he helped save eight shops and the people living over them.

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