08/29/2013 19:37 EDT | Updated 10/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Boy pulled from burning RV at Okanagan campground

An eight-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after he was pulled from a burning motorhome by an off-duty fire chief at an RV park in Oliver, B.C., yesterday.

Oliver Fire Chief Dan Skaros said he was heading to a meeting when he smelled the fire. He started driving toward the source of the smoke and arrived at the Centennial RV Park shortly before fire crews got there.

Black smoke was billowing out of the door of the RV and several people were trying to put out the flames with a garden hose without much success when a woman arrived and said her son was inside.

Acting on a hunch, Skaros smashed out the back window of the motorhome and then used a wooden dowel to find the boy.

"[I] grabbed him by the shirt and the pants and dragged him out, right into the hands of the ambulance attendants, and they took him straight up to the hospital." he said.

The boy was airlifted to the burn unit at Children's Hospital in Vancouver, where he is being treated for second-degree burns covering 40 per cent of his body.

In response to people who were calling him a hero, the chief said: "No... It's just what I do."