Smoke alarm saves Dorrigo man
A MAN can thank a trusty smoke alarm for saving his life early yesterday near Tyringham.
The 45-year-old was taken to hospital after he suffered smoke inhalation.
Unfortunately, the blaze destroyed his single storey timber home.
Police said the shrill of a smoke alarm woke the man some time after 1am. He discovered a fire near his combustion stove and tried in vain to douse the flames.
Neighbours alerted the authorities, with crews from Dorrigo Fire Station, Tyringham Rural Fire Service, police and ambulance rushing to Harness Cask Road, about 15km southeast of Tyringham.
Firefighters have praised the owner, who averted an even worse situation by removing three gas cylinders from the side of the house.
He remained in a stable condition in Dorrigo Hospital yesterday and was expected to be discharged today.
The man's 10-year-old son and a friend were camping on the property at the time and were out of harm's way. The family dog was also not hurt.
Police investigations into the cause of the fire continued yesterday.