‘Hero’ hailed after fire rescue

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Aftermath: Firefighters at Seaview Road home where girl rescued by neighbour. Picture: Gary Sissons

A QUICK acting neighbour has been hailed a hero after rescuing a 12-year-old girl from a home ablaze in Frankston South’s Seaview Road at about 11pm on Wednesday night (4 July).

Chris Raynor ran to the aid of the trapped girl in a neighbour’s home after being awoken by his daughter who told him she heard screaming at the property.

Mr Raynor told radio station 3AW he “was glad” the girl recovered from the ordeal.

“I didn’t get to think too much about it because I’d just woken up but I ran into the house and luckily found the girl in the house and brought her out,” he said.

Mr Raynor said he used a “hip and shoulder” to “knock the front door in” to rescue the girl upstairs.

He carried the girl out of the house and the fire brigade arrived “seconds” after he got out of the home.

“It was just instinct,” Mr Raynor said. “I’m sure most of us would do it.”

The girl’s grandmother was rescued by firefighters and both she and the girl were taken to hospital.

Frankston CFA senior station officer Doug Broom praised Mr Raynor’s actions before firefighters arrived.

First published in the Frankston Times – 9 July 2018

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