Neighbour attempted to rescue disabled woman who died in fire


A disabled woman is dead after a house fire in an inner Melbourne suburb.

The 62-year-old’s body was found in the upstairs bedroom of the West Footscray home early on Sunday morning, while a 69-year-old resident escaped with minor injuries.

The older woman, named only as Leslie by police, is believed to have been the carer for the disabled woman, who neighbours said was called Gay.

A neighbour told journalists he tried to get into the house before helping fight the fire from outside.

One woman died and another escaped serious injury in a house fire in Melbourne. Source: AAP

“(Leslie) was just screaming that there was somebody upstairs,” he said, adding Gay had been using a cane to get around.

“I don’t know how the firies got up there to be honest … (there) wasn’t any clear air in there.”

Leslie was taken to Footscray Hospital but left before being assessed by medical staff.

Wheelchairs were found inside the gutted home but authorities could not confirm the nature of Gay’s disabilities.

The surname of either woman is not known.