Man's best friend saves lives

Family 'traumatised' by fire but indebted to dog

Last updated 12:00 11/03/2014
Kathryn Collins
HERO OF THE DAY: Neighbour Kathryn Collins with her dog Tydus who raised the alarm.

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"That dog saved us."

Psa Silao and his family will be eternally grateful to his neighbours' poodle-cross Tydus after his incessant barking roused his owner Kathryn Collins, who, along with her son Kerry Walker, in all likelihood saved their lives by waking them as fire took hold of their house.

Firefighters were called to the Silao home in Marton's Lower High St about 5am on Sunday after fire had broken out in the porch area.

Investigators later found it was caused by an electrical fault.

Mr Silao, his pregnant wife and their two children aged 4 and 1, were feeling "kinda traumatised" yesterday following their Sunday morning scramble out of a bedroom window.

Mr Silao said the whole family were asleep in the same room when they woke to shouts and banging on the bedroom window, alerting them their house was on fire and that they needed to get out.

Their room was across the house from where the fire started, and it wasn't that smoky in their room when he woke, he said.

Outside it, though, was a different story. The building was ablaze.

Mr Silao said they hoped to move into a new flat in Bulls today or tomorrow.

They were able to recover some of their stuff from the house, mostly clothing, and had been washing ever since to try and get the smell of smoke out, he said. He thanked his neighbours and Tydus, who he said "saved the night".

Mr Silao said they had been supported by their church in Marton, the Pacific Island community and his employer, CMP Rangitikei, but if anyone wanted to donate to them, they would be grateful for some blankets.

Donations can be dropped at their new home at 11 Bull St, Bulls.

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