A brave Burnley teenager who almost died as a baby in a horrific house blaze will start a charity 10k race organised by firefighters who saved her life.
Chantelle Ryan (17) who was minutes from death when she was plucked to safety, has been invited by fire crews to be the guest of honour at the Burnley Fire 10K.
The inspiring teenager, who suffered serious burns in the fire, will get the chance to start the community race to help her fire heroes this Sunday.
Chantelle said: “Nobody has ever asked me to do anything like this before.
“It means everything to me because without them I would not be here today.
“It is great to be asked to do it. It was quite unexpected.”
Steve Morgan, Burnley Fire Station manager, said: “We really wanted Chantelle to come and start the community 10k race. She came down to the station and met the crew who went to the incident and she met the firefighter who actually rescued her who had not seen her since she was 18 months old.
“She will always have that special link with the fire and rescue service because she was saved as a child.”
The race, which was started in 1987, has now been changed from a seven mile race to a 10k community challenge.
Station Manager Morgan said: “This year it will be a community event so we want more members of the public to take part as well as club runners and serious athletes.
“The event is a major fund-raiser in the Fire Station calendar which in previous years has raised thousands for the Firefighters’ Charity and Pendleside Hospice.”
There is also a fun run for under 16s which is a mile-long course around Queen’s Park near the new Burnley Fire Station.
You can enter by clicking on www.burnleyfire10k.co.uk or paying on the day by 10-45am.