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Father dies after rescuing son from house fire in Gilgering

A heroic father who rescued his son from a house fire tragically died after suffering a heart attack.

Steven Bettineschi, 77, rescued his son from the house as it became engulfed in flames in Gilgering, east of Perth, about 11pm on Sunday.

With his car keys and phone trapped inside the burning building, Mr Bettineschi ran two kilometres through bushland to a neighbour’s home to raise the alarm, Nine News reported. 

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A heroic father who pulled his son from a burning home tragically died after suffering a heart attack

 Steven Bettineschi, 77, rescued his son from the burning house in Gilgering, east of Perth, around 11pm Sunday

 Steven Bettineschi, 77, rescued his son from the burning house in Gilgering, east of Perth, around 11pm Sunday

Mr Bettineschi knocked on Annie Budiselik’s door who then called triple zero. 

‘There was an almighty bang on our back door,’ she told Nine News. 

Ms Budiselik’s husband drove Mr Bettineschi back to his home, but the stress and panic was too much for him and he suffered a heart attack.

Firefighters performed CPR on the man until paramedics arrived.

He was taken to York Hospital but unfortunately couldn’t be saved.

Police said the fire is non-suspicious and caused $300,000 damage.

Mr Bettineschi’s son Shannon told Nine News that his father was loved by everyone and will be dearly missed. 

Shannon said his father saved his life by opening up a hole in the burning house and dragging him outside.

‘Everyone that knew him loved him,’ he said. 

A report is being prepared for the coroner.   

Mr Bettineschi's son Shannon told Nine News that his father was loved by everyone and will be dearly missed

Mr Bettineschi’s son Shannon told Nine News that his father was loved by everyone and will be dearly missed

Police said the fire is non-suspicious and caused $300,000 damage. A report is being prepared for the coroner

Police said the fire is non-suspicious and caused $300,000 damage. A report is being prepared for the coroner

 



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