Hos­pi­tal visit af­ter help­ing out


When Sam Win­ter, 19, heard a smoke alarm blar­ing some­where in the dark­ness on his walk home last week he acted on in­stinct.

Jump­ing a fence he ran on to a High St prop­erty where he could see flames climb­ing a wall in­side the house through a win­dow.

‘‘I just felt like I needed to get them out of the house, I didn’t know how bad it was,’’ the Ha¯ wera teenager said.

Win­ter was one of the passersby who helped with the house fire on High St on Mon­day around 9.30pm last week. He was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent due to smoke in­hala­tion.

‘‘I was ready to kick their door down be­cause I didn’t know what to do,’’ the Ha¯ wera teenager said. ‘‘I was like I need to help them out, be­cause I started to hear older peo­ple’s voices in the house.’’

Be­fore Win­ter had the chance to kick down the door a woman sur­faced.

‘‘She came out and I told her to stay out,’’ Win­ter said. ‘‘I asked if there was any­one else in the house and she said her hus­band was.’’

Win­ter asked the woman where her hus­band was and she said he was in the kitchen try­ing to put the fire out.

‘‘I could kind of see my way in, it was full of like grey smoke,’’ Win­ter said. ‘‘I just walked to the back of the house and there was the fire all up the wall and him try­ing to put it out with the jug.’’

Win­ter tried to con­vince the man to get out of the house but he re­fused un­til he put the fire out.

‘‘It was al­ready start­ing to get re­ally smoky and I was pretty much stand­ing there with him and I was start­ing to in­hale it a bit,’’ he said.

Win­ter de­cided he would wait it out and be there in­case the man passed out from smoke in­hala­tion.

‘‘I thought all right, I’ll just stand here and if he drops he drops I’ll pick him up and run him out.’’

Win­ter said once the fire was out the man still re­fused to leave the house. He thanked an­other passerby who came through the smoky house and con­vinced the man to leave.

The am­bu­lance and Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand ar­rived shortly af­ter. Win­ter was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal and had to stay un­til 1am when his blood pres­sure dropped.

‘‘I don’t re­ally want to be known as a hero be­cause I was just do­ing what I thought was right,’’ he said.


Sam Win­ter, 19, was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal af­ter walk­ing off the street to help with a house fire.

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