Men 'rip off screen door' to rush into burning home to save friend
Two Adelaide men have shrugged off the 'hero' tag after rushing into a burning home to make sure their friend wasn't inside.
Mark Winters used his mobile phone to film the moment he and Tony Carinci rushed into a house on Wallala Avenue at Park Holme, in the city's south-west, to look for their mate Brett Berrill, who lives there.
The pair was next door when they smelled smoke and heard a fire alarm just after 7.30pm yesterday.
"We just kicked the door in, ripped the screen off, just covered our faces and tried finding him but we only got through about three rooms because of the smoke," Mr Winters.
After an initial search, Mr Carinci went back inside a second time as the flames took hold.
"It was like the devil was in there, I've seen nothing like it," Mr Carinci said.
"It was hot, smoke, you couldn't see, it was terrifying."
Thankfully, Mr Berrill wasn't inside when the blaze broke out.
"I think everyone should have a neighbour like that, really. I've got a lot to thank them for, I mean, even though I lost everything... to go in twice, that's pretty full on when the flames are coming out," Mr Berrill said.
Mr Berrill said he has been staying at the home for the last nine months.
He's lost everything, but thankful it wasn't much worse.
"I am alive, that's the main thing," he said.
South Australia police have investigated the blaze and have determined it was caused by an electrical fault.
The home will now likely have to be demolished. A family member of the owner says the property is insured.
Mr Winters and Mr Carinci said they wouldn't hesitate doing the same thing again.
"I'd do it again for him, and I hope someone would do it for me," Mr Winters said.