TWO tradies are being hailed as heroes after smashing their way inside a burning home southwest of Melbourne to rescue a 98-year-old man trapped inside.
The two young Powercor employees were working on a power pole in the street when they noticed smoke coming from the elderly man’s Hamlyn Heights home in Geelong just after 10pm on Tuesday.
Braving the flames, the two workers smashed their way into the home through a front window and carried the elderly man to safety.
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The elderly man was treated at the scene before being transported to Geelong University Hospital where he remains in intensive care, being treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.
Despite his ordeal, the 98-year-old is said to be “doing okay”.
Emergency services and relatives of the man have praised the efforts of the Powercor workers’ who risked their own lives to save his.
“They actually got into the place and pulled the elderly male occupant out … they did a great job,” the CFA’s Mark Bellew told reporters at the scene.
“For us, it was treating the male on scene, making sure he was OK … and putting the fire out.”
It took firefighters a little over half-an-hour to extinguish the blaze, which is believed to have started in the kitchen.
The cause is not yet known.