A dad ‘with a heart of gold’ who ran into his burning family home to save his beloved dogs is in serious condition in hospital after failing to retrieve his pets.
Wayne Rare, 55, his partner Toni, 51, and children Ziggy, 25, and Jacinta, 23, were asleep inside their Moona Road in Kirrawee in Sydney’s south home when a fire started.
Emergency services were called following reports of a house fire early on Saturday morning, with all four family members managing to escape.
A brave Mr Rare ran back into the home in hopes of saving his beloved pet dogs Blaze, a husky, and Ilo, a staffy, but neither survived.
Mr Rare suffered serious burns after his failed heroic attempt and remains in a critical condition at Royal North Shore Hospital, Daily Telegraph reported.
His partner Toni suffered smoke inhalation and remains sedated at St George Hospital in a stable condition.
The two children have already been discharged after being treated for smoke inhalation.
Diaz Nailer, a family friend and former neighbour said Mr Rare tried everything to get to the pet dogs who were treated like family.
‘Wayne with his heart of gold ran back inside to try and retrieve their family dogs, but he couldn’t get to them,’ she said.
‘It all happened so fast.’
Ms Nailer launched a GoFundMe page for the family, who lost everything in the devastating fire.
‘They are the most beautiful family, who welcome people into their lives with open arms,’ she said
‘The family is just distraught and they have lost everything – they literally have nothing left.
Police are continuing their investigation into the house fire.