QUICK-thinking siblings Braith Langdon Dawes and Brady Blackhall resisted the impulse to panic when they came home from school to find their Bonny Hills home filled with smoke.
Instead the pair ran to enlist some adult assistance from their Hungerford Place neighbours.
The boys' common sense and decisive actions, which potentially saved the property, have been recognised by members of their local Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigade.
Bonny Hills RFS deputy captain Glenn Dunn, who was the officer in charge for that call, is full of praise for the boys.
"They overcame concern for their sister, who would normally have been home at that time, and they certainly did the right thing by not running into a house full of smoke," Glenn said.
Neighbours managed to open the garage door, where they discovered a chest freezer on fire.
"The motor had caught alight, and there were flames up the back wall of the garage," Glenn explained.
The neighbours, who had brought an extinguisher with them from their home, quickly extinguished the flames.
"The timing in terms of when the fire was discovered was lucky, as this had the potential to become a large fire."
Bonny Hills RFS captain Nigel Sherrard presented Braith, Brady and Breanah with certificates of achievement to acknowledge and commend them for their common sense and quick thinking.
"The local RFS team wanted to recognise the fact that the kids did all the right things, when placed in a situation where they could have panicked," Glenn said.
"We wanted to make them aware that their actions were spot on."