My young grandson is a real fire hero



MATTHEW Felhaber had just returned to his grandmother's home from a fishing trip on the Fitzroy River with his uncle, Kelvin Atfield, when they noticed a blaze creeping towards the house.

"They got home before us, and it was ablaze,'' Mrs Atfield said as she described the incident which occurred sometime before 2pm.

"He just grabbed buckets of water, hoses, whatever he could grab.

"(if they had arrived) a bit later, we wouldn't have had a house.''

The fire got to within six to eight metres of the family home, and damaged some mango trees and timber on the property.

"It crept in close to the house,'' Mrs Atfield said.

"It burnt the post on the clothesline.

"It was a bit of a testing time for a while.''

Matthew was helped by his uncle to get the fire under control until the Rural Fire Brigade arrived. Mrs Atfield had nothing but praise for her young grandson and son's heroics.

"The two boys, they were the main ones that did a lot,'' she said as she recalled the day's events.

"The rural fire brigade were very good.''

She said Matthew continued to monitor the blaze even after it was under control.

"He was a bit worried about the fire I think,'' she explained.

"He thought it was going to come back.



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