Teenagers raise alarm
Tuesday, 15th November, 2016
By Michael Murphy
Eighty-year-old Patricia Pitt managed to escape the wrath of Friday night’s ice storm, but she did find herself fighting a fierce house fire in her nightie on Saturday night.
The Burke Street resident was fast asleep about 11.30pm when her front door buzzer went off a couple of times.
She then heard screaming out the front of her place and rose from her slumber to check out what was going on.
A bunch of teenagers raised the alarm about the raging blaze in the house next door to Mrs Pitt.
“They said they had already rang the Fire Brigade, then my son got up and I said ‘I’ll get one hose and you get the other.’”
The mother and son team fired their hoses over the side fence, the raging fire just metres away.
“Flames were coming from the roof and the embers were flying toward my house,” Mrs Pitt said.
“I continued putting the hose where I could see the fire coming through.
“Then the fire brigade came and they told me to go.
“I told them that this is my house, I am going to stay here.
“I was still in my nightie, I didn’t even have a dressing gown on.”
Mrs Pitt son managed to move their car out of their car port to protect it from the fire and heat.
Firefighters insisted Mrs Pitt go out the front and ambulance officers gave her a blanket and checked her blood pressure.
Firefighters quickly brought the flames under control and extinguished the fire.
Mrs Pitt was “extremely grateful” toward the teenagers who woke her up, and she dropped into the BDT yesterday to make sure they were recognised for their efforts.
“If they didn’t bang on my door anything could have happened,” Mrs Pitt said.
“It’s unbelievable ... God made it happen that way ... they could have walked past but they didn’t, they knocked on my door.”
The teenagers were Porshia Dragut, who lives on the other side of Mrs Pitt, and her friends Lauren Murray and Lauren Menz.
Mrs Pitt’s carport, which is less than two metres away from the house fire, only suffered minor heat damage.
On Friday night, she managed to escape the hail storm with minimal damage to her back pergola.
Her power remained on throughout the weekend, but when some Essential Energy workers visited on Sunday, they pointed out that she had big branches resting on the powerlines out the front.
They removed the debris without incident.