A FIERY ES­CAPE

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A heroic passer-by res­cued a grand­mother from her burn­ing home be­fore it was de­stroyed in Katan­ning last Thurs­day. Katan­ning Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Cap­tain Trevor Wat­son said the man had likely saved the woman’s life. “He did what he thought he should do and he did an ex­cel­lent job — he got her out,” Capt. Wat­son said.

A passer-by res­cued a grand­mother from her burn­ing home be­fore it was de­stroyed by fire in Katan­ning last Thurs­day.

Katan­ning Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice cap­tain Trevor Wat­son said the man had likely saved the woman’s life.

“The house was fully in­volved when we got here, so he’s done an awesome job,” he said. “Our thing is, don’t go back in but with hu­man na­ture, peo­ple will do what they choose to do at the time.

“He did what he thought he should do and he did an ex­cel­lent job — he got her out.”

It is un­der­stood the man was on his way to work as a school gar­dener when he saw the house on fire.

Fire crews were called to the prop­erty, on the cor­ner of Charles and Fred­er­ick streets, just af­ter 7am but Mr Wat­son said the house was “com­pletely de­stroyed”.

A woman in her 70s, who was pulled out of the fire, and her grand­daugh­ter, in her 20s, were taken to Katan­ning Hos­pi­tal with smoke in­hala­tion.

The grand­mother was later air­lifted to Perth’s Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther checks and treat­ment but has been checked out since.

Neigh­bour and wit­ness Rose­mary McFar­land said she rushed out­side when she saw the smoke com­ing out of the house from across the street.

“When I came out­side, they were car­ry­ing her (the grand­mother) on a stretcher,” she said.

Pic­ture: Daryna Zad­virna

Pic­ture: Daryna Zad­virna

Fire­fight­ers at the scene of the house fire.

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