Brave teen saves herself and brother from burning house

Brave teen saves herself and brother from burning house

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The house was gutted by fire this morning. Photograph - Matt Devlin.
The house was gutted by fire this morning. Photograph - Matt Devlin.

The quick thinking and bravery of a teenage girl has saved her younger brother’s life after their Camillo home was destroyed by fire this morning.

The two adults and four children woke up to fire in their house at about 3.45am.

The mother and father ran out of the house with two of their boys while the teenage daughter covered her younger brother with a blanket and escaped the house by breaking a window and climbing out.

The daughter cut her arm during the incident and the rest of the family were taken to Fiona Stanley hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation.

Fire fighters arrived at 4am and had it under control by 6.45am.

The cause of the fire was unknown but police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services was investigating.

It was estimated the fire caused $250,000 worth of damage.

The family ran to neighbour Jackie Darwin’s house after escaping the blaze.

Ms Darwin said they were very lucky.

“I got a banging on the door and the next door neighbour said ‘Jackie ring the fire brigade’,” she said.

“The mum and dad got the two youngest boys out.

“The daughter broke a window to get her brother out because it was so thick with smoke.

“She cut her arm but was very brave I did put a dressing on it and stopped the bleeding.”

Ms Darwin said the family was covered in soot. “I can’t understand what was on fire because if you saw their faces you would’ve thought they were working down the mines,” she said.

“Their faces were that black, whatever it was that was on fire it produced an enourmous amount of smoke.

“They were devastated the poor family.”