PICTURED: Artist, 69, who burned to death inside a shopping centre – as he was on the phone to Triple 0 begging them to save him
- Patrick Carroll died after a fire engulfed the building he was in on Sunday
- Mr Carroll has been remembered as a ‘loving man’ by the local community
- The Lakeside Shopping Center in The Entrance went up in flames at 4.30pm
Patrick Carroll was on the phone to emergency services when the Lakeside Shopping Centre at The Entrance, NSW
A raging fire that engulfed an art studio and claimed the life of a beloved artist has been remembered as a ‘lovely man’.
Patrick Carroll was on the phone to emergency services when the Lakeside Shopping Centre at The Entrance, NSW, was engulfed in flames about 4.30pm on Sunday.
The 69-year-old frantically called emergency services as the fire raged through the building.
The renowned contemporary realist artist pushed the limits with his art work where he was ‘walking a fine line’.
He developed a technique where he would show abstractions made into reality.
A ferocious fire engulfed the building about 4.30pm on Sunday which claimed the life of local artist Patrick Carroll
The Central Coast community, from where he hails from, is in mourning after discovering the loss of their beloved local artist.
‘I cut his hair last week,’ a local barber told The Daily Telegraph.
‘He was quiet, he kept to himself but he was lovely man.’
As the ferocious fire and thick smoke engulfed the building, Mr Carroll tied to escape from the door but was unable to due to the blaze on the other side.
He also couldn’t escape from the windows which were covered by metal security screens.
More than 50 firefighters attended the ferocious fire on Sunday and attempted to resuscitate Mr Carroll, but did not succeed.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is still unknown how the fire started.
More than 50 firefighters attended the ferocious fire on Sunday and attempted to resuscitate Mr Carroll (pictured), but did not succeed