A tradie is being praised for his heroism after he saved a man from burning home on his way to work.
After climbing into the burning house and pulling a man to safety, Hayssam ‘Sam’ Sabsabi jumped right back into his ute and headed on to the housing site where he was working.
Mr Sabsabi was on his way to the carpentry job on Monday when he noticed the house fire in the western Sydney suburb of Carramar.
He pulled over at the house, believed to be a home to adults with disabilities, and noticed people inside were trapped.
“I asked a lady what was happening and they said the people inside could not unlock the front door, they didn’t have the keys,” Mr Sabsabi told the Daily Mail. After using his tools to remove a flyscreen, he climbed inside and saw an elderly man asleep, despite thick smoke and “very scary” levels of heat.
“I think he was disabled because he could not walk. I lifted him up and took him outside,” he said.
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Mr Sabsabi said after helping one man from the building he realised no emergency crews had arrived, and climbed back inside.
“I went into the hallway and I could hear a voice from the back of the house calling, ‘I’m here, I’m here’,” he said.
“But I could not, I could not (get to him) — it was too dark, too hot and smelled very, very bad.
“I tried twice to go in there but I could not.”
The tradie said he stayed in the burning house for a total of “10 to 15 minutes”.
As emergency crews arrived at the scene, Mr Sabsabi said he climbed out of the burning building and explained what had happened.
The man was dragged from the building was assisted by paramedics, but sadly died at the scene yesterday. He is believed to be in his 40s, NCA NewsWire reported.
Mr Sabsabi then returned to his ute and headed to work at a construction site nearby.
“My wife told me today the other person died, so I feel very sad,” he said. “But I tried to help someone and I am pleased I helped one man.”