The gruesome reality of the bushfires: Father suffers horrific burns trying in vain to save his pets from the inferno which destroyed his home
- Father-of-two Roy Escott dived into a bushfire to save his dog’s life
- He tried to escape the inferno on a motorbike but was engulfed by flames
- The burnt shell of the motorbike was found near the remains of his home
- Mr Escott’s pets all died and he suffered 55 per cent burns to his body
- WARNING: Graphic images
A father has suffered debilitating burns to 55 per cent of his body in a vain attempt to save the lives of his pets, as devastating bushfires burnt his house to the ground.
Father-of-two Roy Escott was living in Macksville in north-east New South Wales when the bushfires tore through his property last month.
In a desperate attempt to save his beloved pet, Mr Escott dived into the inferno.
He grabbed his dog and tried to escape on a motorbike but was soon engulfed by flames.
Roy Escott is pictured with his dog who died in the bushfires that tore through his property
The father-of-two suffered burns to 55 per cent of his body and has been in hospital for a month
The middle-aged man was found with severe burns covering more than half his body.
The burnt shell of the motorbike was discovered in bushland near the remnants of his home but his pets did not survive.
Mr Escott’s son Freddy has appealed to the community and set up a Go Fund Me page to help finance his father’s extensive medical treatments, and to put money towards a new home.
The burnt shell of the motorbike which the Macksville man tried to escape on was found near the remnants of is home
Mr Escott lost everything in the blaze, including his home which was burnt to the ground
‘My father was caught in the bushfire up in Macksville,’ Freddy wrote on the fundraising page.
‘He has suffered 55 per cent of his body burnt and lost everything – house and all his pets.
‘He is currently fighting through the wounds and will go into the operating room. It’s going to be a long recovery and, knowing my dad, he will give it his all to help others rebuild, but this time unfortunately he can’t be the one to help.’
Freddy said he and his older brother Peter plan to build a small barn for their dad to live in.
Mr Escott’s hands were severely burnt in when he was caught in bushfires last month
Freddy said he had ‘no words’ for his father’s suffering and posted a series of photos that showed the devastating burns covering his hands, arms, legs and feet
‘That was his dream – nothing flash, just something with a toilet shower and a bed.’
According to a recent social media post, Mr Escott is still recovering in hospital one month later.
Freddy said he had ‘no words’ for his father’s suffering and posted a series of photos that showed the devastating burns covering his hands, arms, legs and feet.