The aftermath of a fire that destroyed a house in Koongal overnight.
The aftermath of a fire that destroyed a house in Koongal overnight.

Man’s mercy dash to save pet canary from blaze

BEFORE he could think twice, David ran back through the flames and smoke billowing from his home to save his canary trapped inside.

David, who did not wish to use his surname, ran as fast as he could from his rental home, which was destroyed as a result of the blaze in Koongal on Friday night.

"I was asleep in my bed and I just heard a loud explosion that woke me," he recalled on Saturday, while standing outside of what remained of the structure.

"I jumped out of bed and saw the smoke and flames just billowing towards me."

Police, who investigated the fire, said it was believed to be caused by an electrical fault.

The 46-year-old man said the fire started at the back of the house.

David ran out the front door with his rottweiller pup, Spot, but refused to leave his pet canary.

The blaze started about 11.58pm in Pilkington St, and David said he quickly notified Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

"I ran back in through the fire. I didn't even think about it, you just do things you've got to do," he said.

"I don't even remember everything that happened, it's like a blur."

The man, who is also a type-1 diabetic and survived pancreatic cancer six years ago, said he was just grateful that he and his beloved pets survived.

"My neighbours came out and threw blankets on me, some of them I didn't even know," he said.

"All of my medication, my wallet, my phone was in there. But they're all replaceable things."

Being a private rental, the man said his next move was to find somewhere else to live.

"I've got lots of friends who've been calling and messaging me to see if I'm all right," he said.



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