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While his mum prepared dinner for the family, four-year-old William took a lighter to his bedroom and flames quickly started.  Soon the family’s whole home was alight.

One witness speaking with Channel 7 News said, “By the time I got there, the house was just an inferno.”  Another witness told of how he came and “the whole side of the house was burning out of control.”

Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland
Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland

 

The family escaped the flames engulfing their North Lakes home in Brisbane, but realised that little William was missing.  Without any concern for his own safety, William’s dad, Wayne Cleary, dashed back into the house to desperately search for his son.

 

Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland
Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland

 

“I saw him in the smoke with his smile.”  Wayne told Channel 7, “I got him out of there just in time.”

 

Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland
Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland

 

William and his brother were taken to Redcliffe hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.  His dad Wayne has blisters from where the intense heat and flames burnt his skin.

Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland
Image source: Twitter/SevenNewsQueensland

“We have lost everything.” Wayne said, “we have only come out with the clothes we have on now.”

Main image courtesy of Twitter (@7newsqueensland)

  • Love and bravery made parent did what he did to safe his children.

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  • I think most parents would do this.

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  • How awful. So glad no one was seriously injured. Dad’s a hero indeed.

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  • I hope they make a full recovery from smoke inhalation. It can affect your windpipe and lungs.
    I wonder where the boy found the lighter. Maybe he can reach higher than they thought he can.

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  • That’s so terrible. They lost everything. The fire spread so quick!! I’m glad they are all safe.

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  • So glad they got William out. How scary!!

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  • Such a hero, I know I would run back in the house for either of my children, I am so glad the little boy is okay.

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