Man refuses to leave burning house because of Hilux in garage


At least the Toyota was saved: Maurice Enright in the burnt-out kitchen of his Armadale home.
At least the Toyota was saved: Maurice Enright in the burnt-out kitchen of his Armadale home.

A FIRE at his Armadale home on Christmas Day threatened to ruin the holiday season for local man Maurie Enright.

But thanks to the timing of two Armadale police officers, only his kitchen suffered damage.

Mr Enright said he was sitting in his garden enjoying drinks with a friend when he heard a loud noise.

“I thought it was kids kicking the neighbours’ fence again,” he said.

When he heard police sirens he thought they were chasing the young miscreants.

Instead two police officers sprinted through his garden.

“I yelled out, ‘what are you doing?’ and one of them said, ‘do you know your house is on fire?”

Mr Enright said he didn’t believe them until he rushed inside to find his kitchen ablaze.

“It was only then we remembered a pan of cooking oil had been left on the stove when we’d gone to get a drinks refill,” he said.

The officers attempted to remove Mr Enright from the building but he refused.

“I had a mint condition Toyota Hilux 1986 in the garage, no way was I losing that.”

Arriving on scene firefighters then put out the blaze.

“If those police officers had not spotted the fire and acted quickly my whole house would have burnt down,” Mr Enright said.

“I just want to thank the police and the firefighters, they’re the real heroes,” he said.