FIREFIGHTER: Local mechanic Chris Rudder made sure his neighbours were safe and then helped bring a fire under control in this house in Hawthorne Street South Grafton. Photo Adam Hourigan
FIREFIGHTER: Local mechanic Chris Rudder made sure his neighbours were safe and then helped bring a fire under control in this house in Hawthorne Street South Grafton. Photo Adam Hourigan

Local mechanic saves woman and children a from burning house

BEFORE Wednesday night Chris Rudder was just a local mechanic who enjoyed the quiet life with his young family.

Now Chris is a local hero.

About 8.30pm on Wednesday Mr Rudder was minding his own business in his backyard when he heard children screaming next door.

"I could see these orange flashing lights coming from the kids' bedroom window," Mr Rudder said. "They reminded me of like hazard lights on a car so I was a little confused. But as soon as I rounded the corner further I could see the flames jumping through the window."

That is when Mr Rudder used his initiative and quickly picked up the hose from his front yard and started spraying water through the window while calling out to ensure the woman and her two young children were out and far enough away from the blazing property.

I could see these orange flashing lights coming from the kids' bedroom window.

"I just ran the hose out and was spraying through the window. Then I called out and got my young fella to come out of the house to continue the spraying while I went off to attack the fire from another angle.

"I went and grabbed another hose from out the back and jumped the fence to get into it."

Mr Rudder continued to move around the house breaking windows and spraying the flames.

His wife Lynne Rudder, who came out to help when her husband called out, thinks of her husband and son as superheroes.

"The both of them just jumped the fence and started in on the fire attacking it from different angles," she said. "They were determined and it was impressive how quickly they got the fire under control."

Local police have informed The Daily Examiner that no-one was seriously injured from the event, however, they did have a clear warning for local residents.

South Grafton Fire Brigade captain Dennis Pye applauded Mr Rudder's efforts to extinguish the flames in a safe manner, limiting his exposure to smoke inhalation.


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