It was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

Two tradesmen are being labelled heroes after plucking a baby from a burning house in suburban Melbourne.

Frank Carmine has the story.


A mother, toddler and her eight month old baby were at their Bentleigh East home yesterday when a fire broke out.

The mother was able to escape with her 2-year-old daughter, but the 8-month-old remained inside.

The woman’s screams attracted the attention of passers-by who immediately went to her rescue.

Tony Morris, Rescuer: “It was just put our hands in and feel. Warwick grabbed her and then I put my hands in and grabbed the other side and we just together, we just pulled and the cot must have like sort of hit the wall and came on an angle, that’s when the beautiful baby just rolled down to us, and I just grabbed her and as I said, I just ran across the back yard.”

In another stroke of luck for the 8-month-old, a neighbour was a registered nurse who resuscitated the baby.

Jane Richardson, Registered Nurse: “It’s a pleasing thing to be able to do that and then to hand her back to her mother later, it was lovely.”

All three were taken to the hospital. The mother and her 2-year-old daughter were released, but the 8-month-old remained in the hospital listed in stable condition.

Neighbours were calling the men heroes and said they should be nominated for bravery awards, the men said, it’s all in a days work.

Frank Carmine, QUT News.