Kewdale house fire: Hero boy saves family after smashing window to raise alarm

Anna HayThe West Australian
VideoThe whole family, including a baby, made it to safety because of the boy's heroic actions.

A brave nine-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after he smashed a window to save his family from their burning home.

The boy then ran to neighbours, begging for help as flames engulfed the Kewdale home.

The family, including a baby, managed to get out just in time.

His hands bleeding, he frantically rang a neighbour’s doorbell before spotting help across the road.

The boy had escaped the raging inferno by smashing a window and climbing out.

But still trapped inside the Downsborough Avenue house were his parents and baby brother.

“The lounge room was engulfed, the flames started poking out from the windows,” neighbour Didin Yassin told 7NEWS.

“When we came out onto the lawn, all you could see was smoke,” another witness, David, said.

A man inside tried to save the home, but only had a garden hose.

Neighbours say within minutes, he was struggling to breathe and collapsed on the front verge, suffering from smoke inhalation.

The fire started around 10pm on Sunday night.

On Monday, what was left of the home was still smouldering.

Years of family memories and belongings have been lost, because of a simple mistake — washing hanging too close to a heater in the lounge room.

The family now don’t have much to come home to, but because of their brave boy, they still have each other.

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