A Marangaroo couple have described how they jumped a neighbour’s fence and smashed through a glass door to rescue a woman aged in her 50s from her burning home.
Jade Barlow and her partner Jarrad Born had just re-settled their baby back to sleep about 3am when they heard screams for help from their neighbour Sally Hamer, who lived in a duplex behind their home.
“I heard the poor lady crying and calling out for help, I ran out to have a look to see what was going on,” Ms Barlow said.
“I ran out the back to grab a hammer and jumped over the fence and the poor lady was trapped, she was screaming and had locked herself in and the double doors were closed.
“She couldn’t get out. There was heaps of smoke and the flames were starting to come up and the roof was starting to come down.”
Ms Barlow broke the thick glass door with her fifth strike with the hammer, causing cuts to her hand. Mr Born had already called 000 for help and returned with towels to protect his partner and Ms Hamer’s feet as they walked outside to safety.
“I’m glad she’s all right, that’s the main thing,” Ms Barlow said. “It’s horrendous, I keep thinking a couple more minutes and she would not have made it.”
Mr Born said it was “a freaky thing” to watch a woman trapped behind a glass door with a burning roof collapsing behind her.
“The fire had cut her off from the front door and from her keys,” he said. “She was distraught, she didn’t know what to do.”
Mr Born said he had to hold Ms Hamer back to prevent her from going into the flames to search for her 15-year-old poodle Zeb.
Zeb perished in the blaze and firefighters buried it in the backyard of the home once they had finished extinguishing the fire.
Ms Hamer’s niece Rachel Jeps, who co-owns the Woolerong Walk duplex, said the family were relieved her aunt survived the blaze. She said she was woken about 3.45am with the news that the duplex had gone up in flames.
“She struggled to get out of the house, if it wasn’t for the young couple who lived behind her god knows what would have happened,” Ms Jeps said.
“They had to smash through not one but two toughened glass panels before they could get through to her.”
Ms Jeps said her aunt had lots of family support and the home was insured.
“If it wasn’t for the smoke detectors she wouldn’t be alive,” Ms Jeps said.
Fire investigators believe the blaze was caused by an electrical fault involving the fridge and the damage bill could reach up to $200,000.