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Man saves mother-in-law from burning house

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12:48 CET+01:00
A 46-year-old Styrian man saved his mother-in-law from her burning house on Tuesday after she left several candles burning and forgot about them.

The man had to break down the cellar door and fight the flames with a portable fire extinguisher to save his 70-year-old mother-in-law.

The pensioner had lit the candles at around 3pm in the kitchen but had then fallen asleep in another room.

She woke up an hour and a half later to discover smoke and tried to escape from the house in Ludersdorf-Wilfersdorf. But because she was in such a state of shock she was unable to unbolt her front door.

Luckily her daughter and son-in-law arrived at this point. After the elderly woman had been rescued the man continued trying to put the fire out and a neighbour called the fire brigade.

65 firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

The 46-year-old man was taken to hospital with second degree burns.

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