Father with a ‘heart of gold’ dies trying to save his family’s beloved dogs Blaze and Ilo from a burning home – as his partner fights for her life in hospital
- A home in Kirrawee in Sydney’s south caught fire in the early hours of Saturday
- Wayne Rare, 55, was inside with partner Toni, 51, and kids Ziggy, 25, Jacinta, 23
- All managed to escape before Mr Rare ran inside to try to save beloved pet dogs
- He tried to save dogs Blaze and Ilo, suffering severe burns in the heroic act
- Blaze reportedly survived the fire but Ilo perished
- He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition but later died
A dad ‘with a heart of gold’ has tragically died in hospital from severe injuries after running into his burning home to save his family’s beloved pet dogs.
Wayne Rare, 54, and his wife Toni, 51, and children Ziggy, 25, and Jacinta, 23, were asleep inside their Moona Road home in Kirrawee, in Sydney’s south, when a fire started.
Emergency services were called following reports of a house fire early on Saturday morning, with all four family members managing to escape.
A brave Mr Rare ran back into the home in hopes of saving his dogs Blaze, a husky, and Ilo, a staffy. Only Blaze survived the inferno.
Wayne Rare, 54, has died after running back into his burning Kirrawee home (pictured), in Sydney’s south, to save his beloved pet dogs
Mr Rare suffered critical injuries and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he later died.
His partner Toni suffered smoke inhalation and remains heavily sedated at St George Hospital in a critical but stable condition, Daily Telegraph reported.
The two children have already been discharged after being treated for smoke inhalation.
Diaz Nailer, a family friend and former neighbour said Mr Rare tried everything to get to the pet dogs who were treated like family.
‘Wayne with his heart of gold ran back inside to try and retrieve their family dogs, but he couldn’t get to them,’ she said.
‘It all happened so fast.’
Blaze and Ilo (pictured) could not be saved after the dad ‘with a heart of gold’ ran into the home in hopes of retrieving them
Mr Rare, his partner Toni, 51, and children Ziggy, 25, and Jacinta, 23, were asleep inside their Moona Road in Kirrawee in Sydney’s south home when a fire started. (pictured)
Ms Nailer launched a GoFundMe page for the family, who lost everything in the devastating fire.
‘They are the most beautiful family, who welcome people into their lives with open arms,’ she said
‘The family is just distraught and they have lost everything – they literally have nothing left.
Police are continuing their investigation into the house fire.